Ferns striker Emma Rolston cops two-match ban for red card in Phoenix game

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Football Ferns forward Emma Rolston will be forced to sit out the Wellington Phoenix’s next two Liberty A-League matches.

Rolston has been handed a two-match suspension for her role in the altercation with Perth midfielder Ella Mastrantonio, which resulted in both players being red-carded in the 35th minute of last night’s match at Macedonia Park.

Rolston is free to play for the Football Ferns in this week’s international friendlies against the United States.

The A-Leagues’ independent match review panel determined both Rolston and Mastrantonio committed the offence of “assault on a player”

The Nix forward has received the minimum sanction for such an offence.

The panel has determined Mastrantonio should be suspended for three matches.

Under the regulations, the Phoenix may refer the matter to the independent disciplinary and ethics committee.

The club has decided against appealing Rolston’s suspension.

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