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Victory appeal Berisha A-League ban

NZN 6/04/2016 By Jason Phelan and Ben McKay

Melbourne Victory will appeal the two-match A-League ban handed to striker Besart Berisha following his red card in Saturday's fiery clash with Wellington.

Berisha was given a straight red card after he lashed out at Phoenix skipper Andrew Durante with his boot while he lay on the ground receiving treatment for a knock to the head.

The match review panel charged Berisha with 'assault on a player' (violent conduct when not challenging for the ball) on Monday and handed the Albanian sharpshooter a two-game suspension.

Victory confirmed on Wednesday they had referred the penalty to Football Federation Australia's independent disciplinary committee "for hearing and determination of the sole question of sanction".

Despite Berisha's bizarre dismissal in the 36th minute of the match, Victory went on to record a 4-1 win in Wellington.

With 17 goals this campaign, the 30-year-old forward is a key component in Victory's bid to defend last season's A-League title.

Without a successful appeal, he will miss the round-27 match on Saturday night with ladder leaders Brisbane, as well as Victory's elimination final the following weekend.

The reigning champions are certain to finish fifth or sixth and face a do-or-die road assignment to continue their championship defence.

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