Dzengis Cavusevic was rightly sent off during Adelaide United’s 3-0 loss against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

The Adelaide striker was involved in a heated altercation with Rhys Williams after the Victory centre-back felt incensed about the way Cavusevic raised an elbow in an aerial duel.

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It what was happened next that got referee Alex King’s attention to issue a straight red card. Cavusevic raised an open hand to the face of Williams who fell when contact was made. Some might say he went down too easily but players are always likely to milk something like this and try to make the most of it.

Making any high contact to the face is going to come under scrutiny, especially if the referee has a clear view of it. He had no doubt in his mind that the slap was worthy of a red given the quick decision and no need for the VAR.

Cavusevic was substituted into the game as Adelaide faced a 2-0 deficit after the break and having come on he was still looking to make an impression at his new club. His second appearance for Adelaide lasted under ten minutes due to his costly act.

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A dismissal is a definite setback considering he had the chance to help his team salvage a comeback and Adelaide head coach Marco Kurz acknowledged post-game that Cavusevic made a mistake.

“I didn’t see the scene 100 per cent,” Kurz said.

“I only saw the first touch from Williams and out of my view Dzengis has also touched the player and after two seconds he falls down to the ground.

“I think he must be clever in this situation, an experienced player for Victory provoked him and at the end we have a red card but I didn’t see 100 per cent if he touched him on the shoulder or which area.”

Kurz was supportive for Cavusevic who would love to have his time back again and should understand how to conduct himself in the next instance.

“He’s not happy, coming to Australia he’s very strong and has the chance to play in the second half,” Kurz said.

“He’s motivated and after this moment I think he felt not good but it’s also a moment that he will learn from for the future in the next situation.

“If he does nothing then maybe it’s a yellow card for Williams but it was a mistake this time by pushing back and that’s the reason for the red card.”

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Liam Watson is covering Melbourne Victory this season while completing Media and Communications at La Trobe University.