Jets striker O'Donovan handed 10-match ban

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The Newcastle Jets will appeal a 10-match suspension handed to striker Roy O'Donovan.

Newcastle Jets striker Roy O'Donovan was handed a 10-match ban for his awful challenge on Lawrence Thomas in the A-League Grand Final.

O'Donovan was sent off late in the Jets' 1-0 loss to Melbourne Victory in the decider on May 5 after a studs-up challenge to the face of goalkeeper Thomas.

The 32-year-old was given a 10-game ban – which includes A-League and FFA Cup matches – by the Football Federation Australia (FFA) independent disciplinary and ethics committee on Friday.

The Jets announced they would appeal the decision, the club describing themselves as "extremely disappointed" with the ban.

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Depending on how far the Jets progress in the cup and the result of their appeal, O'Donovan may miss at least a third of the A-League season.

The Irishman scored nine goals in 16 A-League appearances for Newcastle in 2017-18 and is contracted until the end of next season.

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