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Robbie Slater: Melbourne Victory coaches should have been banned for at least half a season

7:40 AM MYT 04/05/2018
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A four-game ban was nowhere near enough according to the former Socceroo

Never afraid to speak his mind, Robbie Slater hasn't held back in criticising the Match Review Panel's decision to hand Melbourne Victory coaches Jean-Paul De Marigny and Dean Anastasiadis only four-game bans for their on-field incident in the A-League semi-final against Sydney FC.

The duo ran onto the pitch in extra time after Terry Antonis scored the winner in the 117th minute and got in a physical altercation with David Carney.

Both coaches were subsequently sent from the field with a lengthy MRP meeting ultimately seeing four-game bans being handed out.

While one of those matches will be a grand final, Slater is less than happy with the extent of the punishment suggesting the MRP are out of touch.

"They’ve let their club down," Slater said on Fox Sports Just For Kicks

"What they did was completely out of order, a bad example for everyone in the game.

"You do that at a local ground and you could get a ban for life - at least a season.

"The faceless people on the MRP…have got this thing completely wrong.

"JP has assaulted David Carney.

"The MRP is out of touch with what people think. That should’ve at least been, in my opinion, a half a season ban if not a whole season."

Slater and the FFA had run in of sorts during the week with the Fox Sports pundit claiming he wasn't invited to the Dolan Warren Awards only for the governing body to respond by saying they did.