The players involved in a violent brawl during the trial match between Newcastle Jets and Wellington Phoenix have been suspended for a total of 13 matches by the Independent Match Review Panel (MRP).
Jets defender Tiago Calvano and Phoenix midfielder Manny Muscat received the harshest penalties, with four matches each.
Calvano's tackle on Muscat in the 23rd minute of the Jets' 3-1 win sparked an all-in brawl that also resulted in a three-match ban for Phoenix defender Ben Sigmund and a two-match ban for Phoenix captain Andrew Durante.
All four players were sent from the field during the spiteful clash.
"This kind of unprofessional and unsportsmanlike behaviour has no place in our game," said A-League chief Damien de Bohun.
"Having been involved in football for a long time it is very disappointing to witness the on-field incident that occurred on Saturday as it detracts from our sport – a sport built on speed, skill and flair."
Phoenix acted swiftly to fine its players for their involvement in the melee and today welcomed the penalty handed down by the MRP.
"The Wellington Phoenix Football Club has accepted suspensions handed down to the three players sent off in Saturday’s pre-season game against the Newcastle Jets in Weston," the club said in a release.
Phoenix said its players will serve their suspensions during the club’s pre-season tour of India, which features four matches that the club says fall under the umbrella of Football Federation Australia-sanctioned matches.
"I look forward to meeting with each Hyundai A-League Club before the season commences and reinforce not only our expectations on the professionalism of the sport but ways in which we can work together to grow the game," De Bohun said.
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