Western Sydney Wanderers coach Markus Babbel will be able to take his seat on the bench this weekend against Newcastle but still faces a possible future touchline ban for a foul-mouthed tirade about a referee.
Football Federation Australia hit Babbel with a show-cause notice in response to his comments made about officials in their 3-2 defeat to Melbourne City last Friday night but have given the coach until Monday December 2 to respond. He faces the possibility of a fine and/or a sideline ban but will likely not be punished before Saturday night’s match at Mcdonald Jones Stadium, if at all.
Babbel landed himself in hot water on Friday night when asked about a highly contentious penalty the Wanderers conceded against Melbourne City.
“Serious question? F—‘s sake. No comment,” Babbel said on the incident before venting his fury towards a journalist when asked again. “You have two eyes, do you understand the game a bit? F–ing have a look.”
Referee Chris Beath gave City a questionable penalty that was not overturned by the VAR and sparked City’s come-from-behind win at Bankwest Stadium.
Wanderers fullback Daniel Georgievski is also facing a possible fine and/or suspension having been hit with a show cause notice for his comments on social media. Georgievski posted an Instagram story of Beath with the headline “disgrace”.