North Queensland Fury captain Robbie Fowler has escaped disciplinary action after he kicked out at Gold Coast United midfielder Anderson during his side’s 5-0 thrashing on Saturday evening.
The incident occurred when Fowler, already with his back on the ground, appeared to kick out at Anderson’s chest area with five minutes of normal time remaining.
Fortunately for Fowler, referee Chris Beath was lenient in dealing with the incident, appearing to sympathise with the frustrated strike by not even issuing him a card.
It is for that reason that Football Federation Australia’s (FFA) Match Review Panel cannot intervene and issue a punishment of their own to Fowler – despite the presence of video evidence – as the incident did not escape the attention of the referee.
There is to be no escape, however, for Gold Coast player Steve Pantelidis, who in the same match struck out at the Fury’s Robbie Middleby in an off-the-ball incident.
As the incident escaped the attention of the referee at the time, the Match Review Panel were able to issue a two-match ban on the player, who will need to respond by either accepting the proposed sanction or referring it to a hearing.
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