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Oz Coach Banned for 6 Matches
Adelaide United coach John Kosmina suspended after clash with Melbourne captain
Michael Clough (clough)     Print Article 
Published 2006-10-19 15:24 (KST)   
Australian A-League coach John Kosmina of Adelaide United has been suspended by Football Federation Australia (FFA) for six matches after attacking the opposition captain.

The incident happened late in Adelaide's 1-0 win over competition leader Melbourne Victory at Melbourne's Telstra Dome on Sunday.

After the ball had gone out of play in front of Adelaide's technical area, Kosmina collided with Victory captain Kevin Muscat, knocking Kosmina off his chair. Kosmina leaped to his feet and charged at Muscat, grabbing the veteran international by the throat. The pair had to be separated by Adelaide assistant coach Aurelio Vidmar.

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Referee Matthew Breeze handed Muscat a yellow card for the incident and ejected Kosmina from the field, meaning that Kosmina was automatically suspended for one game.

FFA officials decided to take no further against Muscat but called Kosmina to appear in front of an FFA disciplinary hearing on Wednesday night where the Kosmina suspension was raised to six matches. The disciplinary committee also handed down an undisclosed fine.

The penalty was the most severe handed down for any player or official by the FFA in the A-League's short two season history.

Kosmina will not be permitted in Adelaide's technical area until the club's match against Sydney FC on Nov. 19, but will allowed to coach from the stands.

While disappointed with the severity of the penalty, Adelaide United chairman Dario Fontanarosa, speaking to the Herald Sun, said, "It is the FFA's decision, but we do think it is a little bit more than it should be."

He also admitted that Kosmina's behavior was unacceptable, but that Kosmina's future with the club was safe.

"Kossie for us is the coach. He is a fantastic coach," Fontanarosa said.

At this stage there has been no discussion about Kosmina's future as an assistant coach with the national squad, a squad that was captained by Muscat in an Asian Cup qualifier earlier this year against Kuwait.
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