Jets' Reddy cleared of violent conduct
Newcastle has received a major boost in its quest for A-League survival with goalkeeper Liam Reddy found not guilty of violent conduct.
Reddy was forced to appear at a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday night after he trod on the foot of Central Coast midfielder Wayne O'Sullivan during their first leg semi-final at the weekend.
But the ruling from Football Federation Australia-appointed disciplinary arbitrator Tony O'Reilly means Reddy will be free to play in Friday's minor semi-final return leg against Central Coast.
The Jets need to beat their NSW rivals at Gosford to stay alive in the A-League championship after losing the opening leg 1-0 at home last Friday.
Shortly after making a superb reflex save to deny O'Sullivan, who was lying on the ground, Reddy stood on the Mariners midfielder's foot while walking away from the goalmouth.
The incident was not sighted by match officials but the charge was laid on Monday night after the weekly review by Football Federation Australia Head of Operations Matt Carroll.
Reddy has played every minute of every game for the Jets this season.
Jets football director Remo Nogarotto accompanied Reddy to the hearing as well as club lawyer John Tsatsimas.
It is not the first time Reddy has appeared before the national body for disciplinary reasons.
In 2002, while playing for Parramatta Power, Reddy was given a suspended two-match ban by the National Soccer League for striking Sydney Olympic defender Mark Byrnes.
Reddy was sent off for punching Byrnes in the face during the game.