Phoenix pair cop suspensions after sendings off in chaotic win against Sydney

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The Wellington Phoenix will be without midfielders Bozhidar Kraev and Nicholas Pennington for this weekend’s A-League match against Brisbane Roar.

Kraev and Pennington will each serve one-match bans after the pair were sent off in the second-half of the Phoenix’s dramatic 11th round Isuzu UTE A-League match against Sydney FC on Saturday.

Kraev, the Phoenix’s leading goal scorer this season, was dismissed in the 71st minute for a contentious second bookable offence.

Quarter of an hour later, Pennington was shown a straight red card after an altercation with Max Burgess, which saw the Sydney midfielder given a yellow.

Main photo: Nicholas Pennington receives his marching orders.

The A-League’s independent match review panel met today to look at Pennington’s sending-off as it only has the jurisdiction to assess red card decisions.

The panel determined the second-half substitute committed “serious unsporting conduct” and should serve the minimum one-match suspension.

The club will appeal either suspension.

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