Roy O’Donovan hit with eight week A-League ban

Central Coast Mariners striker Roy O’Donovan has been banned for eight weeks for headbutting Wellington Phoenix defender Manny Muscat in a recent A-League game.

The 30-year-old Cork native was reacting to an elbow from Muscat, who has received a two week suspension.


Speaking after the incident, O’Donovan apologised for his actions but also had a pop at Muscat for his part.

I’ve got elbowed in the face not once, not twice, and the referee hasn’t seen fit to react to that and book Manny Muscat. I walked away and had a player run into my direction, I leaned my head in and I’ve reacted to it.


He’s gone down like a movie star there. He should get an Oscar for that. He timed it perfectly.

O’Donovan will now be unavailable for the Mariners, who sit bottom of the A-League table, until the home game against Melbourne Victory on March 6.

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