Urena suspension downgraded to two matches

Marco Urena passes the ball against Sydney FC

On Monday, 10 May 2021, the Football Australia independent Disciplinary & Ethics Committee comprising Anthony Lo Surdo SC (Chair), Shaun McCarthy and Robert Wheatley (the Committee) convened to consider an incident referred to it, which occurred in or around the 62nd minute of Central Coast Mariners’ Match Week 18 A-League match against Brisbane Roar FC on Wednesday, 28 April 2021.The incident involved Central Coast Mariners player, Marcos Urena (Urena).

On 30 April 2021, the independent Match Review Panel (MRP) determined that Urena had committed the offence of “Serious foul play (e.g. when challenging for the ball)”. The MRP proposed a sanction of three (3) matches, being the minimum sanction for the offence plus two (2) additional matches. 

Urena referred the matter to the Committee for hearing and determination of 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.

The Committee determined that the Player must serve a suspension of two (2) A-League matches for committing the offence of “Serious foul play (e.g. when challenging for the ball)”, being the Mandatory Match Suspension plus one (1) additional A-League match.

Having already served one (1) match of his suspension, the Player will be ineligible for the next match in which Central Coast Mariners participate.

The Player has the right to appeal the determination of the Committee to Football Australia’s independent Appeals Committee. If the Player intends to do so, he must advise Football Australia within seven (7) days of receiving the written determination.