Berisha suspended

Melbourne Victory wishes to advise it accepts the two match sanction handed down to Besart Berisha by the Disciplinary and Ethics Committee in Sydney this evening. 

The sanction relates to an incident late in the first half of last weekend's match against Adelaide United at Adelaide Oval, involving Berisha and a Match Official.

Following the verdict, Berisha said; "Firstly, I would like to apologise for my actions in Adelaide. It is never ok to touch a match official and for doing so, I am sorry."

"I did not mean any harm and I'm thankful to have received a fair hearing. My focus now is training hard and preparing for my return," Berisha added.

As a result of his suspension, Berisha will miss Melbourne Victory's upcoming fixtures against Central Coast Mariners and Western Sydney Wanderers. 

The Committee also issued a suspended sanction of a further two matches to be served in the event that Berisha commits another offence against a match official during the remainder the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 home and away season.