Jets accept two-match ban for Griffiths

The Newcastle Jets have accepted the two-match suspension handed down by the Match Review Panel to Joel Griffiths.

The Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets have accepted the two-match suspension handed down by the independent Match Review Panel (MRP) to Jets striker Joel Griffiths following a red card in Saturday's draw with the Western Sydney Wanderers at Hunter Stadium.

Jets CEO Robbie Middleby said the Club had made the decision to accept the ban based on legal advice and following consultation with Griffiths and Football Federation Australia (FFA).

“As a Club we expect our players to show the upmost respect to match officials at all times,” Middleby said.

“Joel understands that his actions at the end of Saturday-s match were unacceptable and he feels as though he has let his teammates, the Club and our Members and supporters down.

“On top of the suspension, Joel has accepted an internal punishment which will involve receiving counselling at his own expense.”

Meanwhile, the Newcastle Jets have requested a review of the performance of referee Ben Williams in Saturday night-s clash with Western Sydney, as well as a review of how the independent Match Review Panel-s appeal process is conducted.