Step aside Eric Cantona, because there’s a new kung-fu hero in town.
Irish striker Roy O’Donovan has been slapped with a 10-match for karate kicking an opponents head in a match.
O’Donovan was shown a straight red card when he caught goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas square in the face with his boot in the 93rd minute of Newcastle Jets’ A-League Grand final with Melbourne Victory.
The former Sunderland and Coventry striker, 42, had his studs raised and caught the keeper in the jaw with his side a goal behind.
It is the second biggest ban in Australia’s A-League history and his second long-term suspension.
Two years ago he served an eight match ban for headbutting an opponent while playing for Central Coast.
He was then involved in a three hour hearing in which he argued that it wasn’t intentional and he was desperate to find an equaliser.
The panel claimed that O’Donovan “appears to be looking at the goalkeeper” before making contact.
But despite this, Newcastle have revealed a statement admitting they will lodge an appeal.
The said: “The Newcastle Jets are extremely disappointed with the outcome of this hearing and will immediately lodge an appeal on O’Donovan’s behalf.”
Only Danny Vukovic has a bigger ban in A-League history when he was sidelined for nine-months for striking a referee in 2008.
Melbourne’s Brazilian striker Ney Fabiano also received a six-match ban for spitting in 2008.
Dream Team World Cup has landed
The greatest show on Earth just got that bit more exciting.
That’s because the Dream Team World Cup game is coming ahead of this summer’s tournament.
Dream Team World Cup
- Completely free to enter
- £50m budget and 20 transfers throughout the tournament
- £175k total prizepot (for UK players only)
- PRE-REGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM WORLD CUP NOW
The game officially launches on June 1 – but you can pre-register for the game now.
If you’re an existing Dream Team customer the World Cup game now appears in the app or you can enter here, but if you’re not follow these simple steps:
- Download the Dream Team app
- Create an account
- Click on the World Cup banner below in the app and follow the pre-registration instructions
From Russia with a whole lot of love.