Perth Glory defender Andy Todd will miss the club’s next two matches after accepting a sanction imposed by the Match Review Panel following a half time incident against Adelaide last Friday night.
Perth Glory defender Andy Todd will miss the club-s next two matches after accepting a sanction imposed by the Match Review Panel following a half time incident against Adelaide last Friday night.
The club undertook a thorough review of available video and took advice from independent legal representation before deciding not to appeal the two match sanction.
Todd was due to serve a mandatory one week suspension after receiving two yellow cards and was then hit with an additional two game suspension after the Match Review Panel determined he made contact with Scott Jamieson-s head at half time.
While the incident was minimal contact with an open hand Perth Glory CEO Lui Giuliani said the possibility of a longer ban being imposed, should an appeal be dismissed, weighed heavily on their decision.
“We-re disappointed at losing a player of Andy-s quality for any length of time,” Mr Giuliani said.
“The possibility however that he could receive additional match suspensions should an appeal be dismissed by the FFA Disciplinary Committee was not something Andy or the club was willing to risk.”
An offer from the Match Review Panel concurrently serve both penalties, meaning just two games missed, was determined to be the best outcome for the player and club.
“Andy is a model professional and has been outstanding for Perth since arriving in Western Australia this year. We-re looking forward to him returning in time for our next home game on 1 November.”
The club was unable to lodge an appeal against the second yellow card awarded to Todd late in the match with FFA Disciplinary rules only allowing a direct red card to be contested. Two yellow cards are considered to be an in-direct Red Card.