Alex Brosque has been cleared of any wrongdoing after spitting in the direction of an A-League referee during Saturday’s loss to Brisbane Roar.

The incident which was spotted by Fox Sports’ coverage team quickly sparked a social media furore.

Wide angled shots revealed the spit to be in the general direction of referee Kurt Ams despite the fair distance between the two.

It was first thought the A-League Match Review Panel would investigate the matter but today it was confirmed that no such action would be taken.

Tom Smithies of the Daily Telegraph reported that the incident never even reached the full review process.

Fox Sports pundits Ned Zelic and Mark Bosnich quashed calls for the investigation post-match stating it was possible to determine intent.

“We can speculate but how do we know he wasn’t looking at someone in the crowd or someone on the bench?” said Bosnich.

“I’ve had supporters on social media tell me it’s almost identical to Avraam Papadopoulos’ incident.

“Come on!”

Roar’s Papadopoulos copped a seven-match ban for spitting on Sydney’s Matt Simon from close range earlier in the season.

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The decision to clear Brosque comes as a minor positive for a Sky Blues side who have suddenly found themselves in a position of vulnerability after dominating for so long on the domestic scene.

Sydney has won just one of their past seven matches dating back to the first Asian Champions League matchday.

Despite wavering form, Graham Arnold is remaining calm.

“We’ve had two fantastic years of winning, but everyone goes through a period like this,” he said.

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“This is a time where everyone needs to step up and I am the first to look in the mirror and say it myself.

“I have to drive these boys ­forward.

“Of course they are hurting at the moment but it is not a lack of effort — that is fantastic.”

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Josh is a student journalist at the University of Queensland currently covering Brisbane Roar's 17/18 season.