Football: Wellington Phoenix midfielder Emma Rolston given two-match ban for red card against Perth, free to play against USA

Wellington Phoenix midfielder Emma Rolston has been handed a two-match ban, after receiving a red card in their 2-0 defeat to Perth Glory.

Rolston, 26, was given her marching orders, after clashing with Glory rival Ella Mastrantonio, who appeared to kick her, while prone on the ground.

The Phoenix midfielder retaliated in kind, with both players shown red cards and both sides reduced to 10 players for the rest of the match.

Emma Rolston clashes with Ella Mastrantonio.
Emma Rolston clashes with Ella Mastrantonio. Photo credit: Getty Images

The A-League independent match review panel has deemed both Rolston and Mastrantonio committed the offence of assault on a player.

Rolston's suspension rules her out of matches against Canberra United at home on Sunday and away to Brisbane Roar next Saturday.

A two-match ban is the minimum punishment handed out for a charge of assault on a player. Rolston's next available match for the Phoenix will be against Western Sydney at home on February 12.

However, she will be available for the Football Ferns, when they line up against the visiting USA across two friendlies in Wellington on Wednesday and Auckland on Saturday.

Seen as the instigator of the clash, Mastrantonio has been handed a three-match ban.