If Melbourne Victory are to make the 2016 A-League Grand Final, they will have to do so without top scorer Besart Berisha for the next two rounds.
After his red card incident against Wellington Phoenix, the player will now have to serve a two game ban, which will rule the Albanian out until their first Finals game.
The Match Review Panel revealed their findings this afternoon.
The MRP has the authority to consider the incident as Besart Berisha was issued with a direct red card. The MRP determined that Besart Berisha committed the offence of Assault on a Player (e.g. violent conduct when not challenging for the ball) against Andrew Durante (Wellington Phoenix).
The MRP has proposed a sanction of two (2) matches (comprising the Mandatory Match Suspension plus one (1) additional match, being the minimum sanction for the offence).
Under the Regulations, the Player may refer the matter to the Disciplinary Committee for hearing and determination of the sole question of sanction. The Player has until 5pm (AEDT)Tuesday 5 April 2016 to advise whether he wishes to do so.
The Match Review Panel also deliberated on the red card by Nigel Boogard, and upheld his one match ban which ends the defender's season.
An incident involving Nigel Boogaard (Newcastle Jets) which arose in or around the 66th minute of Newcastle Jets’ match against Brisbane Roar on Sunday 3 April 2016. The MRP has the authority to consider the incident as Nigel Boogaard was issued with a direct red card.
The MRP confirmed that Nigel Boogaard will serve a suspension of one (1) match, being the minimum sanction for the offence of denying the opposing team an obvious goal scoring opportunity.comments