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Striker gets the biggest ban in Australia A-League history after kicking goalkeeper in the head

Panel claimed Roy O'Donovan was looking at the goalkeeper before making contact

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.

Roy O’Donovan caught the keeper square in the face with a kung-fu kick

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Roy O’Donovan caught the keeper square in the face with a kung-fu kick

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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.

The striker has been handed a 10-match ban – the second biggest in A-League history

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The striker has been handed a 10-match ban – the second biggest in A-League history

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.


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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.”

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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.


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