AZ defender Jonas Svensson only has to miss one game after his red card against VVV-Venlo. The KNVB disciplinary committee gave the Norwegian a lower penalty on Saturday than the prosecutor had demanded professional football.
Disciplinary Commission finds that there was serious foul play
AZ had not agreed on Friday with the proposal to suspend Svensson for three games, one of which was conditional. As a result, the case had to be brought before the disciplinary committee, which a day later decided to suspend two matches, one of which was conditional.
Svensson will therefore only miss the away game against ADO Den Haag on Sunday. The right back is available again a week later, when AZ takes on RKC Waalwijk at home.
Svensson got red immediately last weekend from referee Christiaan Bax after a tackle from behind on VVV player Joshua John. At the disciplinary hearing, the prosecutor even increased the sentence to three games of unconditional suspension.
The disciplinary committee finds the red card justified, but the prosecution’s sentence is too great. The statement that Svensson made in Zeist contributed to the lower sentence.
“It is true that Svensson made it plausible at the hearing that he had the intention to play the ball”, the disciplinary committee reports. “But in our opinion he has taken too much risk of injuring his opponent due to the way in which he entered the game. The disciplinary committee therefore considers ‘serious foul play’ to be proven, but does not see sufficient reason to increase the penalty demand to follow.”
It was already AZ’s third red card this season, that the Eredivisie has started with four draws in a row. Earlier, Calvin Stengs and Marco Bizot were sent off.
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