Burns Out for Newcastle Match

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Perth Glory can confirm that Jacob Burns will miss the Hyundai A-League Round 13 match against Newcastle Jets tomorrow.

Jacob Burns will serve a one match suspension after receiving an indirect Red Card on the basis of receiving a second Yellow Card during the New Year’s Eve match against Central Coast Mariners.

Perth Glory had sought, unsuccessfully, to have the second Yellow Card rescinded, given the Referee’s comments and reasoning surrounding why the second Yellow Card was shown late in injury time during the close encounter with the Mariners. It is clear now, following clarification from the FFA, that there had been a failure in the officiating process and communication between the Referee and Fourth Official during the match.

The FFA confirmed the Referee had issued a second Yellow Card to Jacob Burns on the advice of the Fourth Official. The FFA further confirmed that the Referee had failed to clarify with the Fourth Official the actual reason for the Yellow Card at that time.

Following the final whistle the Referee advised several players from both teams, as well as Perth Glory’s Interim Head Coach, Kenny Lowe, that the second Yellow Card had been shown to Jacob Burns for “entering the field of play without permission”. The Referee advised that this was consistent with the Yellow Card issued to Mariners’ defender, Marcel Seip, earlier in the match.

Television footage clearly shows Jacob Burns did not enter the field of play and as such the basis for the Referee issuing the second Yellow Card was incorrect. Perth Glory argued that an obvious mistake had been made and the Referee had not performed his duties correctly.

Perth Glory is extremely disappointed to have learnt that the Referee issued the second Yellow Card, at such an important moment in the match, without fully understanding why he was actually issuing the second Yellow Card, without fully understanding the facts of the situation and without exercising any of his own judgement to determine if the second Yellow Card was actually the appropriate course of action to take.

Perth Glory is unhappy that the process followed by the Referee, to act on the advice of the Fourth Official without clarifying the precise reasoning, was flawed. The FFA has advised that this will now be addressed with the match officials to ensure that something like this cannot occur again in the future.

Following the conclusion of the match, the Referee’s Report was submitted and it was later advised that the second Yellow Card was issued for “dissent by word” directed towards the Fourth Official by Jacob Burns while waiting to return to the field of play. Perth Glory does not condone the alleged dissent directed to the Fourth Official.

Perth Glory owner Tony Sage was understandable disillusioned with the entire process.

“All owners are concerned about the standard of refereeing in the Hyundai A-League and as a group we have consistently brought this issue to the attention of the FFA.”

“The post-match explanations we received when seeking clarification on the Second Yellow card were farcical given the professionalism that we expect from all involved in the A-League.” he added.

Perth Glory hopes that the FFA will act effectively to ensure that such incidents do not happen again in the Hyundai A-League.

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