Roy O'Donovan handed second longest A-League ban

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A very costly challenge from the Jets attacker

Newcastle Jets striker Roy O'Donovan has been handed the second longest ban in A-League history after he was hit with a ten-game ban for a challenge in the A-League grand final.

The Irishman stuck out a foot in the direction of goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas in the dying stages of Newcastle's 1-0 loss to Melbourne Victory and was shown a red card as a result.

After a lengthy review process from Football Federation Australia's independent Disciplinary & Ethics Committee, they have determined that the offence classed as “serious foul play" warrants ten games on the sidelines.

The ban includes both A-League and FFA Cup matches with O'Donovan previously also banned eight matches for a headbutt on Manny Muscat in late 2015.

The longest ban handed out in the A-League history was a nine-month suspension to Danny Vukovic in 2008 for striking a referee.

Newcastle Jets and O'Donovan have seven days to appeal the ban with the club immediately confirming that they will.

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"The Newcastle Jets are extremely disappointed with the outcome of this hearing and will immediately lodge an appeal on O’Donovan’s behalf," the club said in a statement.

"The club would like to thank Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) for their support of Roy during this process, and their tireless work in building his defence.

"The club will make no further comment on the matter at this time, and will await advice from the FFA on the details of an appeal hearing."

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