Kewell one-match ban confirmed - Sports News - Fanatics - the world's biggest events

Kewell one-match ban confirmed

By Guy Hand 20/06/2010 07:40:03 PM Comments (0)

Harry Kewell's one-match World Cup ban has been confirmed following his send-off against Ghana - and there is no right of appeal.

Kewell's red card for handball in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Ghana drew an automatic one-match ban from FIFA.

Under FIFA rules, there is no right of appeal, meaning Kewell is out of the must-win clash with Serbia on Wednesday (Thursday AEST) whether Australia likes it or not.

Kewell was livid after his send-off, for blocking a goalbound Jonathan Mensah shot on the goal line with his upper arm after just 25 minutes of the match.

Italian referee Roberto Rosetti had no hesitation in brandishing red and awarding a penalty, which Ghana scored to equalise.

While Kewell, several players and coach Pim Verbeek publicly said the referee had made a mistake, Football Federation Australia has no choice but to cop the ban.

"At the moment, there is no avenue for challenging a referee's decision apart from in cases of mistaken identity," FFA head of national teams John Boultbee said on Sunday.

"Here there is no option of an increased suspension, so there's nothing to argue against."

FIFA rules allow no more than a one-match ban for handling the ball and preventing a goalscoring opportunity.

Brought to you by AAP AAP © 2023 AAP

0 Comments about this article

Post a comment about this article

Please sign in to leave a comment.
Becoming a member is free and easy, sign up here.

« All sports news