The Football Australia independent Disciplinary & Ethics Committee comprising Lachlan Gyles SC (Chair), Anthony Lo Surdo SC and Robert Wheatley (the Committee) convened to consider an incident referred to it, which occurred in or around the 30th minute of Melbourne Victory’s Match Week 17 A-League match against Melbourne City FC on Saturday, 17 April 2021.The incident involved Melbourne Victory player, Adama Traore.
The matter was referred to the Committee by the independent Match Review Panel (MRP). The MRP had jurisdiction to consider the incident as the Player was issued with a direct red card during the match.
On 19 April 2021, the MRP determined that Traore had committed the offence of “Unsporting conduct toward a Match Official”. The MRP referred the matter directly to the independent Disciplinary and Ethics Committee for hearing and determination of whether, having regard to all the circumstances, the offence is sufficiently proven to warrant the imposition of an additional sanction in addition to the Mandatory Match Suspension which must always be served.
The Committee has reserved their determination. Further details will be made available upon release of the Committee’s determination, which will occur in due course.