Sydney - Irish striker Roy O'Donovan was slapped with an
eight-week ban on Wednesday for head-butting, one of the longest suspensions
ever handed out by Australia's A-League.
The 30-year-old, who plays for Central Coast Mariners, was
cited for his attack on Wellington Phoenix player Manny Muscat over the New
Only former Mariners goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has received a
bigger suspension in the A-League with a nine-month ban for striking a referee
O'Donovan pleaded guilty to violent conduct. Muscat was
earlier banned for two matches for his part in the confrontation.
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The Mariners said they were "extremely disappointed"
and may appeal against the decision.
"The disparity in sanctions issued for this match
highlights the flaws in the system," club chief executive Shaun Mielekamp
"The media circus around the incident has a high impact
on the result and we will look at our avenues for appeal."
O'Donovan is in his first season with the Mariners after
stints with Sunderland, Coventry City, Blackpool and Northampton Town in
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