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South Melbourne defender Kristian Konstantinidis has had his six-month ban reduced to 16 games following an appeal tonight, meaning he will most likely be eligible to make an on-field return in July.
The 25-year-old was originally handed a suspension from playing under the auspices of FFV until September 9 following the initial hearing on March 22.
Konstantinidis pleaded guilty to misconduct directed towards St Albans Saints winger Joseph Monek last month in South’s 2-0 win over Dinamo at Churchill Reserve.
The defending NPL Champions decided to appeal the punishment issued out to the popular dressing room figure who joined the four-time NSL winners in 2015.
Having already served five games of his suspension, the two-time VPL/NPL Championship winner is expected to make a return to playing duties mid-way through the campaign with the punishment also including cup games as Chris Taylor’s men are still alive in the FFA Cup.
Public opinion was split following last month’s decision and there is no word yet on whether South or St Albans will appeal this most recent ruling.