Joel banned by FFA...again

Badboy striker Joel Griffiths has been banned for two matches by the FFA, subject to any appeal, for his tirade against ref Ben Williams at the controversial end to the clash between Newcastle Jets and Western Sydney Wanderers at the weekend.

Williams blew full time with the Jets clear through on goal and looking for a last gasp winner in the 2-2 draw at Hunter Stadium when Adam Taggart was taken out by a leaping Ante Covic well outside his penalty area.

Griffiths - making his return debut for the Jets - immediately reacted furiously to the decision and launched a tirade at the ref, prompting an instant red card from Williams as he headed for the tunnel.

After the game, caretaker coach Clayton Zane said the club would appeal against the red card.

"I chatted to him and he said he was in dialogue (with the ref) and he didn't think it was a red card," Zane said.
"I haven't specifically asked the words he used but a lot of the players didn't know the situation and perhaps it could have been handled a little bit differently that the players didn't know what was going on, because I didn't know from the bench that the final whistle had gone due to the crowd noise.
"So the club may want to appeal that just based on a little bit of leniency and common sense I guess."
Today though the FFA match review panel slapped Griffiths with a two match ban for the "...use of offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures against a match official...", subject to his club appealing against the decision.
The ban comes almost a year to the day after Griffiths picked up a three match ban just after signing with Sydney FC for abusing a linesman in the last minute of a game against melbourne Victory.
Melbourne Heart giant Orlando Engelaar will also sit out his side's game agaist Perth Glory this week after he picked up a mandatory one match ban for his savage tackle on pint-sized Hagi Gligor in Friday night's match against Sydney FC at AAMI Park.

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Your comment re Orlando Engelaar i think is a bit strong, the tackle was a foul but as for being Savage i think that is a bit strong the tackle was not malicious and the other player involved soon recovered and played on. Yes i agree it was a foul warranting only a YELLOW card not the very soft red.