City lose Chapman to three-match ban

Melbourne City defender Connor Chapman has been hit with a three-match ban for putting his hands on referee Strebre Delovski.

Chapman man-handled the whistleblower moments after giving away a penalty during Western Sydney Wanderers 3-2 win over City last week.

The 20-year-old received a straight red card for his actions and was charged with a category two offence for “unsporting conduct toward a match official”.

On Wednesday night the independent Disciplinary Committee imposed the minimum sanction – a three-game ban in addition to the mandatory one match suspension.

Chapman, who has already served the automatic one game sanction, will now miss matches against Sydney FC, Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers.

The loss of Chapman comes at a tough time for City who are locked in a battle with Brisbane Roar for sixth place on the league ladder and finals football.

The defender has seven days to notify Football Federation Australia if he plans to appeal.