Whether you believe it should the job of a child to play what can be quite an important role in the game is beside the point.

The excuse that he’s only a kid can only be used to an extent. He’s given the job of returning the ball to any player when it goes out regardless of what side they are on.

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As the ball went out of play and Michael Marrone gestured for the ball to be thrown to him there should have been no hesitation, as there wouldn’t have been had it been a Sydney player or at any other point earlier in the game.

This isn’t to say the response from Marrone is warranted because it was an overreaction and he was rightly punished for it.

But you can see where he’s coming from given it’s the 114th minute in a cup final and he’s 2-1 down. Emotions are high and the last thing he wants is someone delaying the game.

This obviously brings up memories of the infamous incident in the Capital One Cup semi-final between Swansea City and Chelsea in 2013 when Eden Hazard was sent off for kicking the ball boy who had laid on the ball and not released it.

The real keyboard warriors of social media soon tracked down the lad’s Twitter account where he had mentioned wasting time in a Tweet he never would’ve thought could never come back to haunt him.

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Now the FFA Cup fella probably didn’t have such intentions and he was surely just doing what he thought would help his side.

The fact is though that he is a part of the game and has a certain responsibility, no matter how small, just like everyone else.

Consider if the ball had instead fallen to Sydney coach Graham Arnold and instead of throwing it straight back to the opposition, he held onto it to waste time. He would’ve almost definitely been sent to the stands as punishment for delay of the game and rightly so.

On a lighter note can we all celebrate how perfect it was when all the dust settled and who finds themselves at the very centre of the scuffle but Matt Simon? If only that man had a knack for finding the back of the net in the same way he does for finding a fight.

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Of course the ball boy shouldn’t and won’t receive any punishment. He’ll be at school today a hero among his mates and so he should be.

Nothing nasty should come of this and it shouldn’t detract from what was a brilliant game but next time let’s just throw the ball back and get on with it.

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