Sydney defender Tiago Calvano has been banned for two matches for striking Archie Thompson in the Sky Blues' dramatic 3-2 win over Melbourne Victory on Saturday night.
The ban was handed down by the A-League's match review panel on Tuesday, after investigating an incident where Calvano appeared to strike Thompson in the face 11 minutes from full-time.
It means the hard-nosed defender will miss clashes against Melbourne Heart and Wellington Phoenix, but a possible harder punishment could still await.
The Brazilian will also face an A-League Disciplinary Committee next week for a separate incident where he made contact with referee Peter Green.
Calvano shoved the hand of the whistleblower as he pulled a red card out of his pocket to dismiss Sydney defender Mark Warren in the 25th minute of the Allianz Stadium clash.
The incident could see Calvano rubbed out for an extended period of time, with the A-League taking a stern view on players touching match officials.
Current Perth Glory goalkeeper Danny Vukovic was banned for nine months after he infamously struck the arm of Mark Shield during the 2008 Grand Final while playing for Central Coast.