Ryan Lowry's A-League ban upheld despite Director of Referees confirming mistake

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"The correct outcome should have been a yellow card..."

Wellington Phoenix coach Mark Rudan claims calls are going against his side and he can feel a little aggrieved after Ryan Lowry had a one-game ban upheld for an incorrect red card issued against Perth Glory.

The Nix defender was sent off just minutes after coming on after VAR intervention saw a foul upgraded to a red card

The decision angered fans and Rudan in particular, who described the VAR as a mockery, but Lowry will still spend a week on the sidelines despite an admission the wrong decision was made by the referee. 

Speaking to a-league.com.au, FFA Director of Referees Ben Wilson revealed only a yellow card should have been shown and explained why a suspension will still stand. 

"In the Referees Department’s weekly post-round review, it was determined that the correct outcome should have been a yellow card for a reckless tackle," Wilson said.

"You will have seen that earlier this afternoon the Match Review Panel (MRP) did not overturn the red card issued to Lowry.

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"The reason for this is that the MRP can only overturn a red card if all three MRP members determine that in the circumstances no card was warranted."

Interestingly, Wilson also admitted Taylor Regan should have been shown a straight red card and not just a second yellow card for his attempted eye gouge on Stefan Mauk on Friday

That incident also saw VAR used, but the incorrect decision was again seemingly reached. 

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