Babbel escapes suspension but cops $3000 fine for referee outburst


Western Sydney Wanderers coach Markus Babbel has been fined $3000 by Football Federation Australia for questioning the integrity of match officials and has also been warned he faces a suspension if he commits another offence.

Babbel avoided a touchline ban for this weekend’s match against Perth Glory but was hit with a fine for suggesting referees could be conspiring against his club after conceding a late penalty away to Wellington Phoenix last week.

Markus Babbel has been fined for his outburst after the loss to Wellington.Credit:Getty

It was the second outburst from the coach in as many weeks after Babbel unleashed a foul-mouthed tirade at journalists after their conceding a highly contentious penalty in their 3-2 defeat at home to Melbourne City in round six.

In a statement released on Friday afternoon, FFA found Babbel guilty of breaching their code of conduct and decided to fine him $3000 due to it being his second offence in quick succession.

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“In determining the sanction, FFA considered sanctions applied in comparable incidents in the Hyundai A-League and the fact this was Babbel’s second breach within the current season,” the statement read.

“In addition, FFA has informed Babbel that any further breach of the Code could result in more severe sanctions being applied.”



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