United chairman slams La Rocca decision

Adelaide United chairman Craig Griffin has expressed his displeasure at the Match Review Panel, penning an open letter on the club's website after a three match suspension for Iacopo La Rocca was upheld by Football Federation Australia.

In the open letter Grffin discussed his disdain for the way the process works.

"To exacerbate the clear denial of natural justice to the player under the current Rules when he determines to Appeal the outcome the Rules prohibit the Appeal Body from dealing with the issue of guilt but restricts the hearing to what is the appropriate match penalty which is a minimum of two games notwithstanding how, as a matter of fact and law, the decision of guilt was arrived at," he wrote.

"The most recent decision handed down yesterday by even goes so far as to say that when they sit as an Appellate Body they are not required to have regard to previous decisions as to penalties for other offences.The concept of following relevant precedent, a cornerstone of Westminster law, has apparently been removed from any FFA constituted Appeal Tribunal."

Griffin also announced his intentions to meet with other club chairmen so as to ascertain their views on the Match Review Panel.

"Adelaide United, as it always does, will accept the sanction but we will be calling an urgent meeting of the Clubs’ Chairmen to demand that these MRP Regulations be the subject of an immediate review to ensure the Hyundai A-League 2016 Grand Final is not compromised by a decision from a referral by the MRP, which is arrived at using clearly unsatisfactory Rules," he said.

Finally, Griffin made known his concerns over the rights of his players under the current system.

"Of great concern to the Chairmen that I have discussed this serious issue with is that the yobbo in the crowd that throws a bottle or lets off a flare has now better rights of representation and natural justice before any FFA convened Tribunal than does a player charged with an offence by the MRP or the Club which has invested many millions of dollars in putting a team together to attempt to win the Hyundai A-League Championship," he said.