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Comment: D day for Muscat

on 11/01/2019

Kevin Muscat will feel the full force of the A-League’s Disciplinary Committee tomorrow.

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But it will be nothing compared to the force with which he collected Melbourne Heart winger Adrian Zahra on Saturday night.

By SBS sports reporter Glenn Osborne.

Muscat apologises

He’s staring at a five match ban as a minimum, but probably more like seven or eight. And with just four games left before the finals begin, it’s likely Muscat has played his last A-League game.

It will be a pity that his last action in domestic football was to see red, because he has been a great servant of several European clubs, the Melbourne Victory, and of course the Socceroos. But it’s also somewhat appropriate that it ended that way, with the 12th sending off of his career.

A tackle on Charlton Athletic’s Matty Holmes ended his career – Muscat eventually paid 600,000 pounds compensation.

And in a friendly, an infamous tackle on France’s Christophe Dugarry was described by Les Bleus coach Roger Lemerr as an ‘act of brutality’.

What makes his on-field behaviour so bizarre is that away from the pitch he is a truly friendly and genuine person.

During press conferences he is jovial, happy to answer any questions on any issue and discuss the state of the game. Those who think he puts on that persona around the media are probably over-simplifying things. A few times he’s dropped in to SBS here in Melbourne to appear on The World Game, and has sat with journalists, cameramen and studio technicians alike to discuss just about anything that popped into our heads.

Muscat sheepishly fronted the media on Monday to offer his apologies, but by then it was too little, too late. It was staged, and hardly dripping with sincerity.

Victory coach Ernie Merrick must also cop some criticism, for attempting, after the match, to claim that he didn’t see the incident. If he didn’t, what was he looking at? In football leagues around the world it’s the default response from a manager who simply doesn’t want to talk about things. Maybe journalists should start taking i-Pads into press conferences so we can show managers replays of incidents, and get an honest answer.

Even if Muscat is allowed to play on this season, it’s time he gave the game away. In reality he should have retired on a high after the Victory’s 2009 A-League premiership.

In the last two years Muscat has been sent off on a few occasions, but has made a number of mistakes leading directly to goals – one of those was on Saturday night. When Muscat said on Monday he suspected the game was passing him by, he was right on the money.


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