The five longest suspensions in A-League history

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Some very ugly incidents have seen sone big punishments handed out over the years

Roy O'Donovan is on the verge of serving the second longest ban in A-League history after he was handed a 10-game suspension for colliding with the head of Lawrence Thomas in the A-League grand final.

While Newcastle Jets were quick to express their disappointment at the decision and confirm they will appeal, the looming ban could join a few other infamous incidences that also carried heavy punishments should it be upheld.

Goal takes a look at the five biggest suspensions over the A-League's relatively short history - not yet counting the sentence O'Donovan could be forced to serve. 

  1. #5 Ney Fabiano (six weeks)

    The Melbourne Victory striker was originally handed a nine-game ban for spitting at Robert Cornthwaite in 2008 but had his suspension reduced to six on appeal. 

    Fabiano spent two seasons with Victory before departing for Thailand where the Brazilian would go onto play for six different clubs in the region. 

    Check out the incident below.

  2. #4 Roy O'Donovan (eight games)

    Back when he was playing for Central Coast Mariners, the Irish striker reacted angrily to an elbow from Manny Muscat and ended up headbutting the then Wellington Phoenix player.

    Initially only handed a yellow card for the incident, O'Donovan was ultimately given an eight-week ban with the committee admitting the suspension would have been bigger was it not for his then unblemished disciplinary record. 

  3. #3 Kevin Muscat (eight weeks)

    The now Melbourne Victory coach's two-footed lunge on Adrian Zahra left the Melbourne Heart player requiring surgery and ended Muscat's A-League playing career on a very sour note.

    Shown a straight red card, Muscat was handed an eight week ban with the disciplinary committee finding him guilty of gross recklessness. 

    His previous 12 red cards and 95 yellow cards in his career were also taken into account for a sentence that in hindsight now looks quite soft. 

    Check out the incident below.

  4. #2 Tiago Calvano (eight weeks)

    The Brazilian defender wasn't happy with the referee's decision to hand his Sydney FC teammate Marc Warren a red card and was made to pay for shoving the match official in protest. 

    After a two week review process which saw Calvano make an impassioned plea during a three-hour hearing, the former Newcastle Jet couldn't avoid an eight-game ban.

  5. #1 Danny Vukovic (nine months, three suspended)

    Playing for Central Coast Mariners in the 2007/08 A-League grand final, Vukovic's emotions got the best of him when he slapped the referee after he issued a red card in the dying minutes.

    Vukovic was originally handed a 15-month ban with six suspended, before two further appeals saw it reduced to nine months with three suspended.

    The then 22-year-old was also fined $10,000 with the ban meaning he missed the 2008 Olympics with an Olyroos side he had captained in qualifying. 

    Check out the incident below.