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UPDATED: Jets coach Gary van Egmond has accepted he will watch the next two matches from the stands after the FFA censured him for his full-time flare-up.
Van Egmond ran onto the pitch at the final whistle to argue with referee Matthew Breeze and Glory star Adrian Trinidad over the last minute penalty that earned Perth a 2-2 draw.
His wild-eyed outburst earned him a charge of bringing the game into disrepute by the FFA who today found him guilty.
They banned him from the touchline for four games and fined him $2000, but suspended half the ban and the fine until the end of the season.
So long as he doesn't get in more trouble, the Jets boss will only miss two games and won't hurt his wallet.
A statement from the FFA said they had been lenient with van Egmond for apologising.
It added: "In light of van Egmond's contrition, unreserved apology and previous exemplary record, two of the matches and the fine are suspended until the end of the 2008-09 Finals Series.
"This means that van Egmond will serve only a two match suspension unless he re-offends this season.
"The sanction will apply for rounds 12 and 13 of the Hyundai A-League. Van Egmond will be restricted in his access to players, the field of play and media within a five hour period on match days."
Newcastle Jets CEO John Tsatsimas today said the club accepted van Egmond’s suspension.
“Today we have received notification from FFA that Gary van Egmond will serve a two match suspension,” he said. “This is a decision that our club respects and will accept with good grace.
“We understand that FFA believed that they needed to take action in this instance, but we do appreciate that Gary’s past record of being a consummate professional has been taken into consideration.
“The action at the completion of last Sunday’s match against Perth was certainly out of character for Gary and is not something that we as a club condone.
"However, we stand by Gary and his outstanding record, and strongly confirm that despite his emotions spilling over on this occasion that he has our complete and wholehearted support.”
He added: “Over the last few days there has, of course, been a myriad of issues put to us as a club surrounding Gary’s actions.
"However it is our club’s policy to leave this type of speculation for others to discuss. If others wish to speculate on issues within this game, or the game of football in general, then that is their prerogative.
“As far as we are concerned, the matter has been dealt with by the appropriate organisations and anything concerning this issue is a matter for the club and FFA.”