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Stallions must front tribunal again

By Billy Freeman 08/11/2003 11:52:21 PM Comments (0)

Marconi will front the National Soccer League tribunal for the second time this season after Joe Spiteri was sent from the field during a scoreless draw against Adelaide United tonight at Marconi Stadium.

Spiteri received his second yellow card six minutes from fulltime after he had got the first 13 minutes into the second half for dissent.

The send-off was the climax of a spiteful second half in which three players from each team were booked, making a total of seven yellow cards for the match.

Marconi's Brad Maloney and coach Jean-Paul de Marigny this week appeared before the tribunal resulting from charges laid after a match against Parramatta earlier this season.

de Marigny escaped suspension but Maloney received four weeks for a dangerous tackle which broke the leg of Power defender Andrew Durante.

Now Spiteri will miss next week's match against Brisbane and must appear before the NSL tribunal for a decision on any further suspension.

de Marigny said he hoped Marconi had not earned a reputation among referees for foul play.

"They've (the referees) got to do their job, we're not going to change," he said.

"They're protected and we can't say too much about it."

de Marigny said the team had taken strength from the controversy surrounding Maloney's suspension.

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