The independent Match Review Panel (MRP) – consisting of Simon Micallef (Chair), Alan Davidson and Con Diomis – convened on Friday, 30 April 2021 to consider an incident involving Ureña of Central Coast Mariners in or around the 62nd minute of Central Coast Mariners’ A-League Match Week 18 fixture against Brisbane Roar FC on Wednesday, 28 April 2021.
In accordance with the A-League Disciplinary Regulations (the Regulations), the MRP has the authority to consider the incident as Urena was issued with a direct Red Card by the Referee.
The MRP determined that Urena committed the offence of “Serious foul play (e.g. when challenging for the ball)”. The minimum sanction for the offence is one (1) match, being the Mandatory Match Suspension. The MRP proposed a sanction of three (3) matches, being the minimum sanction for the offence plus two (2) additional matches.
Under the Regulations, Urena may refer the matter to the independent Disciplinary and Ethics Committee for hearing and determination of the sole question of either:
a. what additional sanction should be imposed above the minimum sanction (inclusive of the Mandatory Match Suspension which must always be served), applying the Range at the Table of Offences; or
b. whether Exceptional Circumstances apply and therefore a sanction outside the Range at the Table of Offences should be imposed, provided always that the Mandatory Match Suspension must be served.
Urena has until 12:00pm (AEST) on Monday, 3 May 2021 to advise whether he wishes to appeal the three (3) match sanction proposed by the MRP.