The independent Disciplinary and Ethics Committee conducted its hearing regarding Adama Traore’s offence of “Unsporting conduct toward a Match Official” in the Club’s match against Melbourne City on 17 April.
The committee determined Traore’s actions warranted a five match sanction, which has been accepted by Traore and the Club.
Having already served four matches, Traore will miss Sunday’s match away to Perth Glory before being available for the club’s trip to Macarthur FC on Friday 14 May.
Traore has issued the following apology.
I would like to take this opportunity to issue a sincere apology to all concerned for my actions during the Melbourne Derby on 17 April.
My mistake not only let down my Club, my teammates, our members and fans but also Australian football.
I would like to apologise to referee Chris Beath and his colleagues, who every week do their very best to adjudicate in a manner that is fair and for the best of the game, they deserve respect at all levels of the game. I would also like to apologise to my fellow captain on the night, Scott Jamieson.
I have reflected on my actions from the match, actions I believe were out of character. I am extremely disappointed with my handling of the incident, as I pride myself on playing within the spirit of the game and being a leader on and off the pitch.
I have learnt from this process and will continue to focus on improving as a player and teammate.