Glory and Burns Accept Two Match Ban

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Perth Glory and Club Captain Jacob Burns have ignored legal advice and decided not to proceed with a legal challenge of the Match Review Panel’s (MRP) decision and 2-match suspension issued by Football Federation Australia to Jacob Burns.

While extremely disappointed with the decision by the MRP, both the Club and Jacob Burns have decided that it is not in the best interest of the game to proceed with legal proceedings through the Supreme Court of Western Australia seeking declaratory relief as to the invalidity of the MRP’s Disciplinary Notice and for injunctive relief to prevent the MRP and FFA from enforcing the suspension.

Perth Glory can confirm they have now received the suspension notice from FFA for Jacob Burns and as a result he will now miss the next two games against Brisbane Roar and Wellington Phoenix.

“On a personal note I’m extremely disappointed by the decision, the way in which it has been reviewed and the appeal process currently in place,” Burns said.

“There is no doubt the decision puts the club at a massive disadvantage going into the next 2 games with key players missing through injury and suspension.”

“It is my understanding that since this event the FFA will look to address the future way in which the MRP, Referees and FFA deal with these situations and the players/clubs right to appeal,” he said. “As a player you can only ask for consistency in the reviews and a fair judicial system.”

Perth Glory Chief Executive Officer Jason Brewer was similarly disillusioned with the current MRP setup but was supportive of the overall concept.

“We have made our disappointment clear on this matter. We support the MRP, if it operates consistently, and this can only occur if it is focused on identifying and correcting obvious and major errors in the disciplinary decisions of the match officials. Inconsistencies will only undermine player and club confidence in the MRP process,” Brewer said.

“It is not the purpose of the MRP to review all incidents that it believes may have escaped the attention of the referee, particularly when the referee has had the clear opportunity to witness an incident, form an opinion and adjudicate. To do so goes very close to “re-refereeing” the game which is firmly against the principles of FIFA.”

“Our frustrations in this matter are further compounded by the current regulations, that do not hold the MRP accountable for their decisions, and do not entitle the Player or the Club to refer the matter to the Disciplinary Committee,” Mr. Brewer added.

Perth Glory believes it has acted in the best interests of the game and hopes that it has highlighted deficiencies which can be addressed and improved. It hopes that its stance ensures that no other Hyundai A-League players or clubs are faced with the same issues in the foreseeable future.

“We move forward to take on Brisbane at Suncorp with the benefit of a strong squad and the opportunity for more WA players to prove our depth,” Brewer added.

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