Football Federation Australia has today revealed that Melbourne Knights goalkeeper Chris May has received a six month suspension for “unsporting conduct toward a match official”.
May received a red card after full time in the Club’s FFA Cup match against Olympic FC in Brisbane on 29 July following an incident involving the goalkeeper and the referee.
The FFA’s statement is as follows:
The independent FFA Disciplinary Committee (DC) consisting of John Marshall SC (Chair), Anthony Lo Surdo SC and Rob Wheatley convened to consider the following incident from the Westfield FFA Cup 2014 Round of 32:
- The incident involving Christopher May (Melbourne Knights FC) at the conclusion of Melbourne Knights FC’s match against Olympic FC on 29 July 2014. The DC has the authority to consider the incident as Christopher May was issued with a direct red card and the matter was referred to the DC in accordance with the Westfield FFA Cup Competition Regulations. For the offence of “unsporting conduct toward a match official” the DC imposed a suspension of 6 months from the date of the match including the Mandatory Match Suspension. Christopher May has a right to appeal this decision to the FFA Appeals Committee and must file any appeal by 20 August 2014.
As the FFA has indicated, May has the right to appeal the suspension by Wednesday, 20 August.
Melbourne Knights FC will be making no further comment on the matter.