A-League: Wellington Phoenix's Mandi has ban reduced to two weeks

  • 10/01/2019

Wellington Phoenix midfielder Mandi has had his ban for kicking an opponent reduced from three to two weeks after an appeal.

During the second half of Wellington's goal-less draw against Adelaide last Saturday, Mandi kicked opposing midfielder Vince Lia, who was on the ground trying to retrieve the ball, and was given a red card as a result.

An independent match review panel handed the Spaniard the three-week suspension, as they deemed the incident "assault on a player", but the Phoenix appealed the decision and Mandi has had one week taken off as a result.

Club officials argued to the Football Federation Australia (FFA) independent disciplinary & ethics committee that the ball was in Mandi's sight when he swung his leg and the ball had rolled under Lia when he made contact.

But the committee review issued a suspended sanction on Mandi, meaning he'll have to serve an extra match ban should he receive another direct red card this season.

Mandi, who missed Tuesday's 3-2 win over Western Sydney, won't be available for this weekend's historic clash against the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday, but can play their Round 14 clash against the Melbourne Victory.

The Phoenix can set a new club record of eight unbeaten games, if they avoid defeat against bottom-of-the-table Central Coast, while the fixture will be captain Andrew Durante's 300th A-League match.


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