Ryall sanctioned by FFA for bringing game into disrepute

Former Melbourne Victory defender Sebastian Ryall has been sanctioned by Football Federation Australia for breaching the FFA National Code of Conduct.

Former Melbourne Victory defender Sebastian Ryall has been sanctioned by Football Federation Australia for breaching the FFA National Code of Conduct.

Ryall, now with Sydney FC, has been charged with engaging in a sexual act with a girl who was 13 years of age.

The incident happened when Ryall, 20 in July, was 18 years of age.

Ryall has been found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute through being charged with a criminal offence, found under clause 2.1 of the Code of Conduct.

The sanction imposed by FFA is:

-suspension from participation in football matches in Australia (including the A-League) until 3 September, 2009, and

-ineligibility to participate in national team duty until the criminal case has been determined or 3 September 2009 (whichever is the later).

The matter came to attention of FFA and his current club on 23 April 2009.