Mariners shock at Perez ban

The Central Coast Mariners have expressed their extreme disappointment at Football Federation Australia’s (FFA) decision to suspend Mariners midfielder Patricio Perez for simulation following the side’s 1-all draw with Sydney FC on Saturday night.

The Central Coast Mariners have expressed their extreme disappointment at Football Federation Australia-s (FFA) decision to suspend Mariners midfielder Patricio Perez for simulation following the side-s 1-all draw with Sydney FC on Saturday night.

"The player (Perez) is adamant that there was some sort of contact by Reddy on his trailing left leg, and we are 100% behind him," said Mariners CEO John McKay.

"The club was provided footage of the incident by FFA and after reviewing it with our Football staff we are at a complete loss as to how the Match Review Panel (MRP) could come to a conclusion that there was definitely no contact."

Perez will be forced to sit out Friday-s home match against Melbourne Victory and the following Friday night-s fixture against Melbourne Heart, also at Bluetongue Stadium, with disciplinary regulations stating that there is no right of appeal once the MRP has handed down its decision.

"It-s disappointing under these circumstances that we-re not able to state our case, and what is even more disappointing is that Patricio has basically been branded a professional cheat without any recourse to profess his innocence," McKay said.

The Central Coast Mariners will not be making any further comment regarding this issue.