Football Fern Hannah Wilkinson has been given a three-match ban from international football by FIFA following her red card in last Sunday’s 3-0 loss to Chile.
Wilkinson was given a straight red in the 55th minute of the match after coming into contact with an assistant referee while remonstrating when she was not awarded a free kick near the sideline.
The first match of the three-match ban has already been served with Wilkinson missing the Ford Football Ferns’ second game in Santiago against Chile, played behind closed doors on Wednesday September 27.
Wilkinson will be unavailable for the Ford Football Ferns’ next two matches.
Main photo: Hannah Wilkinson … ‘fully regret that this happened.’
Through New Zealand Football, Wilkinson expressed regret for the incident and accepted FIFA’s decision.
“I fully accept this outcome and thank FIFA for the speed in reaching the decision.
“While it was a genuine accident, I have apologised to the officials in person.
“I don’t condone physical contact with an official, or anyone.
“I had my back turned and was unaware how close she was at the time and fully regret that this happened.
“I will be supporting the team from afar for their next two games and can’t wait to re-join them after I have served the ban.”