PNGFA appeals referee’s disciplinary decisions

The PNG Football Association has appealed to FIFA, requesting to rectify obvious errors in the referee’s disciplinary decisions.

This is with regard to the red card resulting in David Eric Brown sent off in the 22nd minute of Thursday’s 1-3 loss to Tahiti.

He was given his marching orders in unjust fashion in the early minute of play after defender Taumihau TIATIA went down under what appeared to be an innocuous challenge.

FIFA has acknowledged receipt of the letter but will refrain from reviewing the decisions taken by the referee but the case will be submitted to the FIFA Disciplinary Committee when they meet on 20 April, 2017.

“The decision from the referee is final as we wait for the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decision during the aforementioned meeting,” PNGFA said in a statement.

This leaves Browne with one match ban but he will be free to play against Solomon Islands on April 5 in PNG’s away match in the Solomon Islands.

Papua New Guinea will play Tahiti today in their second Group B match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Qualifier - OFC Stage 3 at Stade Pater, without Browne.


(Papua New Guinea are keen to avenge their home soil loss in Tahiti. Credit: OFC Media/Leo Jakanduo)






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