Milligan cops a three-match ban

Melbourne Victory skipper Mark Milligan has been slapped with a three-match ban for a stray elbow that left Sydney star Terry Antonis with 10 stitches in the head.

Milligan led with the elbow in a challenge for the ball during the 23rd minute of Saturday’s Big Blue which was somehow missed by the referee.

But not the Match Review Panel who cited the player, and despite submissions from Victory, the Socceroo was found guilty of “serious foul’ play against Antonis.

The MRP rules Milligan should serve "a sanction of three matches, being the Mandatory Match Suspension plus two additional matches".

The decision rules the influential midfielder out of a string of key matches including this weekend’s Melbourne Derby against City.

Milligan will aslo miss the game against Newcastle Jets and a potential top of the table clash with Perth Glory.

Meanwhile, Wellington Phoenix will lose veteran defender Manny Muscat for two matches after an incident in their 1-1 draw with Central Coast Mariners in Auckland on the weekend.

Muscat trod on the calf of Mariners midfielder Glen Trifiro and was found guilty of assault on a player by the MRP.

He will miss Sunday’s clash with Sydney FC and the following match against the Western Sydney Wanderers.