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Sydney's Simon cited for hit on Jakobsen

NZN 12/12/2016 Emma Kemp

Matt Simon faces suspension for shouldering Melbourne City defender Michael Jakobsen in the head after the A-League's match review panel issued the Sydney FC striker with a show-cause notice.

Substitute Simon had barely been on the field for a minute late in Friday night's 1-1 draw at ANZ Stadium, when the forward became involved in a fiery confrontation with Jakobsen.

The pair had to be separated several times but one particularly ugly incident in the 82nd minute, apparently missed by referee Kris Griffiths-Jones, prompted action by the panel on Monday.

Moments after the Sky Blues were awarded a free kick for a Jakobsen foul on Simon, the 30-year-old appeared to throw his shoulder into the Dane's head, knocking him to the ground.

Simon has until 1pm (AEDT) on Tuesday to make a submission in response, after which the panel will decide on any possible disciplinary action.

Should he be banned, the regularly used substitute will at least miss Saturday's away clash with Perth.

The flashpoint was one of many in the spiteful affair between the league's top two teams who are fast developing a bitter rivalry.

Apart from Fernando Brandan's widely condemned diving antics, Bobo's nasty studs-up tackle on Ivan Franjic was a major talking point, as was the soft penalty the Brazilian striker milked minutes later, which allowed Sydney to equalise and maintain their six-point lead at the top of the table.

Both left John van 't Schip frustrated and the City coach was perhaps lucky not to have been cited himself for saying Griffiths-Jones awarded the penalty as "compensation" for Josh Brillante's earlier red card.

Meanwhile, Melbourne Victory winger Jai Ingham has escaped sanction for stomping on the leg of Western Sydney defender Jonathan Aspropotamitis during Victory's 3-0 win at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Ingham stood on Aspropotamitis' leg and then stomped on his calf and, while he received a yellow card, there was speculation over whether referee Chris Beath had acted on another element of the incident as the pair were caught in a tangle.

Coach Tony Popovic was reluctant to comment after being fined for criticising a referee in November, but the club were said to be vexed Ingham was not punished further.

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