Adelaide United defender Ersan Gulum could miss more than the mandatory one match ban after he reacted to being sent off for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity.
The centre back was controversially sent to the sheds in the 18th minute of the Reds spectacular 2-2 come from behind draw with Central Coast Mariners on Saturday.
Gulum was adjudged to have brought down Trent Buhagiar outside the box. Marco Kurz’s men went on to peg back a two-goal deficit despite being a man down.
The Independent Match Review Panel today handed the 30-year-old the minimum sentence of a one match suspension for the infringement, but he could face a further sanction for his actions immediately following the red.
Gulum appeared to mouth off at referee Shaun Evans before clapping fourth official Jonathan Barreiroas as he left the pitch.
The player has been cited under the FFA National Code of Conduct and has until 5pm (AEDT) on Wednesday to respond. The sanctions applicable for a breach of the code include a reprimand, a fine and/or a suspension.
Gulum will miss Adelaide’s always fiery fixture against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Saturday, with Victory hoping to go level on points with the fourth-placed Reds.