Tiago suspended for four games

NEWCASTLE Jets defender Tiago Calvano has been suspended for four games for his role in an ugly brawl in their A-League friendly with Wellington Phoenix at Weston last Saturday night.

Three Phoenix players will also serve suspensions after being sent off in that game.

Manny Muscat was suspended for four games, Ben Sigmund for three and Andrew Durante, a former Jets defender, for two.

Football Federation Australia issued the suspensions today after an independent match review panel consisting of Simon Micallef, Alan Davidson and Alan Contini met to consider what action to take.

“This kind of unprofessional and unsportsmanlike behaviour has no place in our game,” A-League chief executive Damien de Bohun said in a media statement.

“Having been involved in football for a long time it is very disappointing to witness the on-field incident that occurred on Saturday as it detracts from our sport – a sport built on speed, skill and flair.

“I look forward to meeting with each Hyundai A-League club before the season commences and reinforce not only our expectations on the professionalism of the sport but ways in which we can work together to grow the game.”

In a statement on the club website, Jets chief executive Robbie Middleby indicated the club would not appeal against the decision.

‘‘We support the FFA’s decision and accept the punishment of a four-game suspension for Tiago,’’ Middleby said.

‘‘As a club we don’t condone any form of retaliation or violent behaviour. The Newcastle Jets is a club that prides itself on creating a family-friendly atmosphere for its members and supporters.’’

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