Mariners coach Arnold suspended for one match

Central Coast Mariners coach Graham Arnold will have to hand over responsibility to his support staff after he was handed a one-match suspension Indonesia   By GOAL.COM

Central Coast Mariners coach Graham Arnold has been banned from the bench for one match after he was sent to the stands during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory.

Arnold will now be banned from coaching his side in the F3 Derby against the Mariners' arch-rivals Newcastle Jets on Saturday after the A-League's match review panel handed down the minimum one-match ban to the 49-year-old for 'use of offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures to a match official'.

The former Socceroos manager was expelled from the field of play just before half-time during Central Coast's clash, with the Victory on Saturday having just seen his side go behind to Marco Flores' 42nd-minute goal.

Referee Jarred Gillett was made aware of Arnold's verbal tirade by one of his assistants and - after a short discussion with his fellow match official - sent the Mariners boss to the stands, where he watched the rest of the match from one of the corporate boxes at Launceston's Aurora Stadium.

Arnold will be banned from anywhere around the pitch, the dressing rooms or any other area with access to players and team officials during the match.

The Mariners coach is also forbidden to make contact with his team for two hours before, during and one hour after the match at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford.

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