The independent Match Review Panel (MRP) – consisting of Simon Micallef (Chair), Alan Contini and Alan Davidson – convened on Monday, 16 April 2018 to consider an incident involving Keanu Baccus (Baccus) in or around the 62nd minute of Western Sydney Wanderers FC’s Hyundai A-League Round 27 Match against Adelaide United on Sunday, 15 April 2018.
The MRP has the authority to consider the incident as Baccus was issued with a direct Red Card by the Referee.
The MRP determined that Baccus had committed the offence of “Assault on a Player (e.g. violent conduct when not challenging for the ball) including an attempted Assault on a Player.” The MRP has proposed a sanction of two (2) matches, being the Minimum Sanction for the offence.
Under the Hyundai A-League Disciplinary Regulations (the Regulations), Baccus may refer the matter to the independent Disciplinary and Ethics Committee for hearing and determination of the sole question of 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.
Baccus has until 12:00pm (AEST) Tuesday, 17 April 2018 to advise whether he wishes to appeal the two (2) match sanction proposed by the MRP.