Western Sydney Wanderers' versatile Italian Iacopo La Rocca has been handed a four-match ban for his elbow on Sydney FC midfielder Terry Antonis, ending his season in the process
|By GOAL AUSTRALIA
Western Sydney Wanderers defender Iacopo La Rocca has paid for his moment of madness against Sydney FC, suspended for four matches for elbowing Terry Antonis.
La Rocca was sent off in the very last minute of the Wanderers' 1-1 draw in Saturday's Sydney derby and felt the full force of the A-League's match review panel on Monday.
The ban means the versatile Italian will not play again this season, missing out on the club's quest to win the Premiers' Plate this weekend and a potential grand final appearance.
It is a huge blow for La Rocca and the Wanderers, who are battling an increasing injury toll at the wrong end of the season.
Sydney FC midfielder Brett Emerton, who was also red carded in the derby, was given a one-game ban for his lunging tackle on Shannon Cole.
Emerton will miss the club's final round match with the Brisbane Roar, which the Sky Blues need to win to ensure they qualify for the finals.