Former Cork City and Sunderland striker Roy O'Donovan was handed a 10-match ban on Friday for kicking the opposing goalkeeper in the head during stoppage time in the A-League final in Newcastle earlier this month.

The Newcastle Jets forward received a straight red card for his desperate lunge at the head of Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas as he sought an equaliser in the Australian championship match.

The independent Match Review Panel determined that O'Donovan had committed "serious foul play" before referring the case to the Committee, who determined the length of the ban.

O'Donovan's club have expressed their disappointment with the decision and will appeal the decision. The club stated: "The Newcastle Jets are extremely disappointed with the outcome of this hearing and will immediately lodge an appeal on O’Donovan’s behalf."

Victory held on to claim the title for a record fourth time courtesy of a goal from Kosta Barbarouses in the ninth minute, with Thomas named man of the match for a string of fine saves.

The A-League later admitted that a TV feed had broken down when the only goal was scored, leaving the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) unable to rule on what looked like a clear offside in the run-up.

O'Donovan's ban is the second sternest punishment ever handed out in the A League, following Danny Vukovic's nine-month ban for striking a referee.