City star handed big ban for full-time incident

Melbourne City midfielder Tolgay Arslan will miss the club’s next two Isuzu UTE A-League fixtures following a disciplinary hearing by Football Australia.

Arslan was sent off for “Use of offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures against a Match Official” following City’s 4-2 loss away to Perth Glory on February 2.

Having missed City’s 5-1 defeat to Brisbane Roar in Round 16, Arslan has now already served one game of a mandatory three-match suspension but will miss Saturday night’s Melbourne Derby against Melbourne Victory as well as their round 18 clash with Sydney FC.

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The 33-year-old will be back for City’s match with Macarthur FC on March 1, however the former Serie A midfielder does have the right to appeal the sanctions.

Should he wish to do so, Arslan now has seven days as of today to appeal the committee’s findings to Football Australia’s independent Appeals Committee.