Six-month ban for Aussie keeper

Melbourne Knights goalkeeper Christopher May has been hit with a six-month ban after an altercation with a referee in the FFA Cup last month.

The FFA confirmed on Friday that the independent FFA Disciplinary Committee had found May guilty of “unsporting conduct toward a match official”.

The incident occurred at the conclusion of the Knights’ shock 3-1 FFA Cup loss to Olympic FC late last month.

May was issued with a red card following an incident with referee Alex King.

The Knights had already seen goalscorer Jordan O’Doherty sent off by King for a second bookable offence.

Olympic’s triumph came as a surprise after heading into the match as underdogs.

The FFA also confirmed that May has the right to appeal the suspension by Wednesday 20 August.

If the ban stands May will miss the remainder of the National Premier Leagues Victoria season, where the Knights are just outside the top-six finals spots, currently eighth with five games to play.

The 2015 NPL Victoria season is likely to kick off in March.