Shannon Cole accepts internal fine following Gold Coast match

Sydney FC defender Shannon Cole has accepted an internal fine under the Club’s “No Diving Policy” following an incident in the 93rd minute of yesterday’s clash with Gold Coast United at Skilled Park.

Sydney FC defender Shannon Cole has accepted an internal fine under the Club-s “No Diving Policy” following an incident in the 93rd minute of yesterday-s clash with Gold Coast United at Skilled Park.

Cole went down in the penalty area when under pressure from Peter Jungschlager and has admitted there was only minimal contact between the pair and he had done the wrong thing.

“I acknowledge that we have a policy of no diving and we all support the Club-s stance on this matter. I knew I did the wrong thing as soon as I hit the ground so I got up without asking for a penalty and ran straight back into position. I was expecting to be fouled when he came across but after going to the ground I realised straight away he had not fouled me.”

Sydney FC CEO Dirk Melton backed Cole-s honesty and integrity and re-stated Sydney FC-s desire to uphold its “No Diving Policy”.

“Shannon has shown integrity and honesty in putting his hand straight up and admitting he did the wrong thing,” Melton said. “As a Club we all support the “No Diving Policy” and Shannon has been courageous enough to acknowledge his actions were wrong and accepted the punishment.”