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Sebastian Ryall Charged with Sex Crime


FORMER Melbourne Victory player Sebastian Ryall has been charged with engaging in a sexual act with a 13-year-old girl.

The charge arises out of an incident in January 2008, when Ryall was aged 18.

Ryall, who was scheduled to leave on Saturday with the Australian under-20 team for a camp in the Netherlands, recently transferred to Sydney from Melbourne Victory.

He has been suspended by Football Federation Australia from participation in soccer matches in Australia, including the A-League, until September 3.

He is also ineligible to participate in national team competition until the criminal case has been determined, or September 2009, whichever is the later.

Ryall has pleaded not guilty to the charge and his lawyer said he would strenuously defend his innocence.

FFA chief executive Ben Buckley said the matter involving Ryall was brought to the attention of the sport’s ruling body and Sydney FC on April 23.

He said the matter had not been publicly disclosed until now because the issue had to be discussed with the player and his legal representatives, his club and the FFA’s lawyers.

Buckley said the FFA hadn’t formed a view of the player’s innocence or guilt, stressing that the sanction was imposed on the basis that the criminal charge had brought the game into disrepute.

Ryall has seven days to appeal the FFA decision.

Ryall was sanctioned following a finding under clause 2.1 of the FFA’s code of conduct that he had brought the game into disrepute through being charged with a criminal offence.

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Published on May 15, 2009

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  1. kayla on May 18th, 2009 6:50 PM

    there are to sides to every story and every one should stop blaming him for all of it it was not just him i don’t think they should stop him playing soccer he deserves to keep playing and yes he should have know better after all he is older but we don’t know what exactly what happened no one will not even the judge they will only and then what was a 13 year old left alone for to me they are both in the wrong and they both had to know what was going on but there is no need to to stop him from doing what he loves and they need to get some help for the girl so she can try and move on and he needs to keep focusing on soccer and he will be fine and i think he should definitely be able to play soccer now but that is just what i think

  2. kayla on May 18th, 2009 6:53 PM

    i hope they just figure it out in the best way that way they are both better off later down the future

  3. Dean on May 19th, 2009 12:36 PM

    I agree with you Kayla. I feel that he should be able to be involved with football until he is proven guilty but I guess that is the way pro sports is these days. Suspension until further notice….

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