Matt McKay has been handed a two-match suspension after being sent off in Brisbane’s 2-1 A-League defeat to Adelaide.

Brisbane Roar midfielder Matt McKay has been handed a two-match ban following his red card in the Roar’s surprise defeat to Adelaide in the opening round of the A-League season.

McKay was sent off for swearing at World Cup referee Ben Williams in the second half of his side’s 2-1 defeat to the Reds at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

The former Socceroos midfielder was facing a one-match suspension, but the A-League’s match review panel has added an extra game after receiving Williams’ match report.

“The MRP has the authority to consider the incident as the player was issued with a direct red card,” a statement read.

“The MRP proposed a sanction of the mandatory match suspension plus one additional match for the use of offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures against a match official”.

McKay and Brisbane have until 12pm (AEDT) on Tuesday to advise whether they wish to appeal the decision.