Sydney young gun learns his fate after review of VAR-upgraded red card as a captain sits out

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Football Australia’s independent Match Review Panel (MRP) has confirmed Sydney FC’s Jake Girdwood-Reich will serve a one-match ban after his dismissal in Sunday’s 1-1 Isuzu UTE A-League draw with Brisbane Roar.

The 19-year-old’s challenge on Nikola Mileusnic in the first half of Sydney’s clash with Brisbane initially earned a yellow card from referee Adam Kersey, who upgraded the caution from yellow to red after a VAR review.

The independent MRP, consisting of Simon Micallef (Chair), Alan Davidson and Alan Contini, assessed the incident on Monday evening and confirmed a one-game suspension for Girdwood-Reich for committing “serious foul play (e.g. when challenging for the ball).”

The Sky Blues teen will miss his side’s clash with second-placed Wellington Phoenix on Saturday, March 16.

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The MRP also confirmed a one-game ban for Wanderers defender Marcelo for the accumulation of five yellow cards.

The Wanderers are in action on Tuesday night against Melbourne City at AAMI Park; Marcelo will miss the meeting with the reigning premiers and return to selection contention when the Wanderers face Perth Glory on March 16.

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