Heads you lose: FFA kicks O'Donovan out for 10 weeks

Jose Verdugo
May 18, 2018

NEWCASTLE'S Roy O'Donovan has been slapped with the second longest ban in A-League history for his karate-style kick on Lawrence Thomas during the A-League Grand Final.

Signed by then-Sunderland manager Roy Keane in 2007 following an impressive spell with Cork, O'Donovan has also played for Dundee United, Blackpool and Coventry among others as part of a nomadic football career.

Having deferred its decision after Tuesday night's hearing, Football Federation Australia's disciplinary and ethics committee has taken a tough stance on the Newcastle striker, who will sit out a chunk of next season, although can serve some of his sentence in the FFA Cup.

He will serve a ten game suspension, starting with the first game of next season.

O'Donovan's ban is the second sternest punishment of all time in the A-League.

The Jets immediately said they would appeal, privately shocked O'Donovan has been handed two matches more than Kevin Muscat received in 2011 for his infamously brutal tackle on Melbourne Heart youngster Adrian Zahra.

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In February 2008, goalkeeper Danny Vukovic's was hit with a nine-month ban for striking a referee - coincidentally, also in a Grand Final.

O'Donovan has seven days to launch an appeal against the ban if he intends to do so.

"The club would like to thank the PFA for their support of Roy during this process, and their tireless work in building his defence".

"The club will make no further comment on the matter at this time, and will await advice from the FFA on the details of an appeal hearing".

The striker has gone on record in the past saying that he wants to return to Cork City before he retires.

FORMER REPUBLIC of Ireland worldwide Roy O'Donovan has been hit with a 10-game ban for a high-footed horror tackle in the A-League Grand Final.

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