Matt Simon’s two-game suspension is weak and here’s why

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Central Coast Mariner’s captain Matt Simon will serve a two-game suspension following his use of explicit language towards referee Stephen Lucas, which saw the marksman sent off in the sides 5-3 loss against the Brisbane Roar last month.

The 33-year-old was caught calling referee Lucas a f****** dog against Brisbane Roar in February’s clash as the Gosford outfit continue their wretched season at the bottom of the A-League standings.

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The FFA have certainly not covered themselves in any glory by handing down such a short suspension and it shows a lack of protection for referees.

Of course no one condones this sort of talk towards referees on any level, but dishing out a tiny suspension only means incidents like this will likely continue to occur in the future.

This was a real chance for the FFA to come to the aid of referees and instead of doing the right thing and punishing Simon further than the two games, it makes you question the continual inconsistency within the governing body.

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In last seasons grand final Newcastle Jets striker Roy O’Donovan was dealt a whopping 10-match ban for his vicious boot to the face of Melbourne Victory keeper Thomas Lawrence.

To date it is the second-highest suspension in the leagues history, but it makes you wonder why there is such a large gap between these bans.

Though the two situations are different, either are not acceptable by any means and the FFA should start projecting that.

Simon’s actions were not only exposed via live broadcast, but it made its way to different social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

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How the FFA did not take into account all the negative impacts of this circumstance while considering their cause of action ultimately showed that they just wanted to sweep the issue under the rug.

A lengthier suspension in the region of four-to-eight matches would have been an appropriate sentence.

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Michael Djordjieski
Bachelor of Sports Media graduate from the University of Canberra. Live and breath everything to do with football.

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