Sydney FC defender Sebastian Ryall has been cleared of diving to win a penalty in Saturday's Big Blue at Allianz Stadium.
An independent Disciplinary Committee found that the case for simulation was not established.
In making this ruling on Wednesday night the committee had the benefit of additional broadcast footage and "other evidence" not available to the Match Review Panel which referred the incident.
The committe found that contact between Ryall and Victory player Gui Finkler was sufficient to cause the Sydney player to go to ground and, in appealing to referee Strebre Delovski for a ruling, there was no intent to deceive by Ryall.
Sydney FC CEO Tony Pignata said the decision had vindicated and upheld the reputation of the former Young Socceroos skipper.
The club then took aim at those who had lambasted the 25-year-old for diving with a veiled reference to some within the Melbourne Victory ranks.
One of those, not named by Sydney, was Victory player Kosta Barbarouses who said he had "lost respect" for Ryall over the incident.
Pignata said: “We are satisfied that the committee has reached the correct decision having been presented with overwhelming proof that there was contact between Sebastian and the Melbourne Victory player.
“Sebastian is not a diver and I’m pleased his character is intact over this.
“We are disappointed with some of the responses to this incident, particularly from players at other clubs who should perhaps look within their own club before commenting on our club or players.”
Ryall was widely slammed post-match for allegedly going to ground without contact, while Delovski was criticised for awarding the penalty that put Sydney FC right back in the match.
But Sydney FC said video evidence showed Ryall’s foot clearly made contact with the heel of Finkler causing the Sky Blues defender to trip, lose balance and fall to the ground.
The game ended 3-3 but left the Victory bench seething.
Pignata was less happy with Ryall's conduct following the incident when he slapped Finkler on the back of the head.
“While we have fully supported Sebastian over the allegation he committed an act of simulation, and have been vindicated in that support, we were disappointed with his response to the award of the penalty,” Pignata said.
“Seb has been reminded of his on-field responsibilities and that respect for our team and the opposition is a big part of our values here at Sydney FC.”
Ryall will be available for Sydney FC’s match with the Central Coast Mariners at Allianz Stadium on Saturday evening.comments