Perth Glory's Baird hoping to appeal ban
Perth Glory striker Michael Baird is hoping he is given the chance to appeal a two-match ban handed down by the independent Match Review Panel.
The 27-year old, who last played in Romania with Universitatea Craiova, was given the punishment after being found guilty of simulation in the 2-2 draw with Melbourne Heart on Sunday.
In his Glory debut, the ex-Brisbane Roar man came down in the area in the 92nd minute and was awarded a penalty for his troubles but on reviewing the incident, the league decided to ban him for two matches but Baird feels he should be able to appeal the sanction.
"I hope the FFA can just look through and give us a chance to appeal," he said. "I think everyone's got the chance to appeal a sentence, even murderers."
Following the match, Heart captain Simon Colosimo accused Baird of being a cheat prompting the Brisbane native to hit back hard.
"It's pretty tough to cop when another player labels you a cheat," Baird added.
"I've always respected Simon, but for him to accuse me of blatant simulation . . . I've got no time for the bloke."