Ben Khalfallah red card upheld by MRP

Despite the controversy surrounding the dismissal of Fahid Ben Khalfallah,  the Melbourne Victory star has seen his red card upheld by the Match Review Panel.

The independent Match Review Panel (MRP) – consisting of Simon Micallef (Chair), Alan Davidson and Alan Contini – convened to consider an incident involving Fahid Ben Khalfallah (Melbourne Victory) which arose in or around the 56th minute of Melbourne Victory’s Round 17 Hyundai A-League Match against Perth Glory on Saturday, 30 January 2016.

The MRP has the authority to consider the incident as Fahid Ben Khalfallah was issued with a direct red card. 

The MRP confirmed that Fahid Ben Khalfallah will serve a suspension of one (1) match, being the minimum sanction for the offence of serious unsporting conduct.

There was much contention on the pitch at nib Stadium on Saturday when referee Kris Griffiths-Jones originally handed Ben Khalfallah a yellow card only to moments later dish out a straight red after conferring with his assistants.

The overturning of the original decision drew the ire of Victory coach Kevin Muscat, who believed that the original decision should have stood.

"If it was deemed a red card, I don't know why he was given a yellow card to begin with," Muscat said.

However, Muscat also admitted that the players should take responsibility for 'ill-discipline' and it would be something that would be sorted out 'in-house'.

"Fahid's got to take some responsibility because in that second half we were well on top and there only looked like there was going to be one winner," he said.