Ersan Gulum receives a red card.
Ersan Gulum receives a red card.

Reds slam FFA citing of Gulum after send off

ADELAIDE United chairman Greg Griffin has slammed Football Federation Australia for citing Ersan Gulum after the independent match review panel handed the defender a mandatory one-match ban for a red card on Saturday.

Gulum was controversially sent off in the 17th minute of Adelaide's 2-2 draw with Central Coast at Hindmarsh on Saturday.

The MRP convened on Monday to issue the mandatory one game ban before Gulum was cited by FFA under the national code of conduct.

 

Gulum may face a two-game extended suspension if FFA uses the same protocol which saw former Perth Glory midfielder Rostyn Griffiths cited by FFA under the national code of conduct after he was expelled for a second caution in January 2017.

Griffiths appeared to lash referee Stephen Lucas with words when he was issued a red card before exiting the pitch.

Adelaide has until 4.30pm on Wednesday to appeal the Gulum decision but at the very least he is expected to miss the clash against Melbourne Victory away on Saturday.

Gulum appeared angered by referee Shaun Evans brandishing a red card before clapping his hands and aiming words at fourth official Jonathan Barreiro.

And then unloads on the fourth official.
And then unloads on the fourth official.

The send off was not reviewed by the video assistant referee despite being a game changer according to FIFA's guidelines for the VAR trial.

Gulum, 30, was caught in a running battle with Mariners' Trent Buhagiar who didn't have control of the ball before hitting the deck outside the box before he was expelled.

A Fox Sports camera angle from behind the southern goal showed contact was minimal.

It has been a bitter sweet 48 hours for the Melbourne-born Gulum.

The Besiktas legend became a father on Sunday when his wife Emel gave birth to a baby boy - the couple's first child in Melbourne.

Gulum posted the happy news on Instagram to his 273,000 followers and also to his 247,000 Twitter followers.

According to Adelaide officials Gulum drove back to Melbourne not long after he was expelled at Hindmarsh on Saturday.

Officials claimed Gulum first sat behind coach Marco Kurz at Hindmarsh to watch the rest of the clash after the expulsion before taking the 730km journey east.



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