Two-match ban for Wellington's Cacace

Referee Jonathan Barreiro shows Phoenix's Liberato Cacace (#13) a red card.
Referee Jonathan Barreiro shows Phoenix's Liberato Cacace (#13) a red card.

Liberato Cacace has been handed a two-match suspension by the A-League's match review panel after the Wellington fullback was sent off during his side's loss to Sydney FC on Sunday.

The independent panel found the Phoenix youngster's challenge to be of "serious foul play", doubling the mandatory one-match straight red card ban.

In the 81st minute of the Sky Blues' 2-1 win at Leichhardt Oval, Cacace's studs looked to land high up the shin of Anthony Caceres as he was trying to recover the ball from the Sydney FC midfielder.

The 19-year-old New Zealander has accepted the match review panel's verdict and will miss Wellington's upcoming matches against Perth Glory and Melbourne City.

Australian Associated Press