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Friday, January 28, 2011
Muscat facing sour end after ban

Melbourne Victory captain Kevin Muscat could finish his career under a ban after being suspended from the Australian A-League for eight weeks for a dangerous tackle.

Muscat was banned for a tackle on Melbourne Heart's Adrian Zahra which left the 20-year-old with with serious leg injuries in a heated derby match last weekend.

The ban means even if Victory reach the grand final the 37-year-old will not play again this season which has three regular fixtures remaining.

However, he can play in Melbourne's matches in the Asian Champions League because the domestic suspension does not apply.

In a statement the Football Federation Australia disciplinary hearing, Muscat said he "deeply regretted'' the tackle and did not intend to injure Zahra.

But the committee found against him and stated he was "acting with complete disregard to the danger to, or consequences for, his opponent.''

The committee added: "So far as reckless conduct is concerned this was at the higher range of culpability.''

Muscat was banned for dangerous tackles during his career in Britain which also saw him play for Crystal Palace, Millwall and Rangers.

Charlton's Matty Holmes took legal action against Muscat after repeated leg surgery for injuries sustained in a tackle by Muscat during a FA Cup match in 1998.

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