O’Donovan to face Disciplinary and Ethics Committee

Newcastle Jets’ striker, Roy O’Donovan will face an independent Disciplinary and Ethics Committee on Tuesday 15 May, in relation to an incident from the 2018 Hyundai A-League Grand Final.

The hearing will see the independent panel assess an incident from the 93rd minute of the match in which O’Donovan was issued a red card following a collision with Victory goalkeeper, Lawrence Thomas when challenging for the ball.

The incident was reviewed by the Match Review Panel, who deemed that O’Donovan committed the offence of “serious foul play (e.g. when challenging for the ball)” and referred the matter to the Disciplinary and Ethics Committee for determination.

Newcastle Jets’ CEO, Lawrie McKinna will be in attendance at the hearing, while the Irish marksman – who is currently overseas visiting family – will appear by video link.

The Newcastle Jets and O’Donovan have been working closely with Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) on the matter.

The hearing is scheduled for 5.30pm at Football Federation Australia’s offices in Darlinghurst and the club will keep fans updated on the outcome of the hearing once it is known.