Brisbane Roar midfield maestro Thomas Broich is free to play Sunday’s match against Western Sydney Wanderers at Parramatta Stadium after having his red card for violent conduct rescinded by the independent Match Review Panel.
Brisbane Roar midfield maestro Thomas Broich is free to play Sunday-s match against Western Sydney Wanderers at Parramatta Stadium after having his red card for violent conduct rescinded by the independent Match Review Panel.
Broich was shown a straight red card on 44 minutes after an altercation with Newcastle Jets' midfielder Josh Mitchell.
Brisbane submitted the necessary paperwork to Football Federation Australia this morning to appeal the red card decision on the basis that its issue was an "obvious error" from match referee Brenton Hayward.
As part of the ruling the MRP found:
Determining the Obvious Error Application in accordance with the A-League Disciplinary Regulations, the MRP unanimously found that it should be upheld and that the decision of the referee was one that “no referee in the possession of the facts, including all Broadcast Footage, could reasonably have made”. Accordingly, the Player will have the red card expunged from his record and will be available to play in Round 10 of the Hyundai A-League.
Brisbane Roar General Manager Sean Dobson said the club had been confident the red card would be rescinded, leaving Broich free to play the weekend-s vital clash in Sydney.
“We-re delighted the MRP has rescinded the red card shown to Thomas in Saturday-s match," Dobson said.
“Referees have a very difficult job and just like many of us they will, from time to time, make a mistake.
“The MRP is in place to look at these instances and, in our opinion, they have made the right decision in this case.
“We-re now looking forward to another important match on Sunday against Western Sydney Wanderers.”