Another year another season down for the Hyundai A-League and while this has been one of the best yet it certainly wasn’t without its share of trouble and controversy.

From blunders to unruly fans and some unthinkable actions in-between, we took a look at some of the worst moments of the 2017/18 A-League season.

Embarrassing blunders

While it is sure to appear on a few of our ‘moments’ lists the Brisbane Roar kit number fiasco was the icing on the cake for a poor year in the Asian Champions League for A-League teams this season.

To those that missed out on the fun Brisbane’s mishap came back in January when John Aloisi’s side were facing Filipino side Ceres-Negros and the side’s numbers started peeling off the back of the kits.

To make matters worse Brisbane went down 3-2 to their heavily overlooked opponents sending them crashing out of ACL qualification.

VAR controversy

As predicted the introduction of video assistant refereeing brought a great deal of displeasure and controversy among fans and although some of the kinks have been straightened out there were some frustrating moments over the course of the season.

One of the more controversial games came in December when Western Sydney Wanderers played Central Coast Mariners in Gosford with Paul Okon’s side issued two yellow cards that were swiftly upgraded into red cards after VAR review, much to the manager’s disgust.

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While VAR is a step forward for the sport there still remain questions over the readiness of the technology and its ability to maintain the flow of a game instead of taking up large chunks of time in the middle of a half, and next year we are sure to see more controversial decisions as the experiment continues.

Unruly fans

This year has been one of the most eye-catching seasons to date out on the pitch but it’s what has happened off the pitch that has drawn some unwanted eyes towards some of the issues among the fans of the A-League.

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Our fans are known to be quite well behaved in comparison to some of the hooligan groups in Europe but in a shocking incident in December Sydney FC fans came together with Adelaide United fans outside of Coopers Stadium and although there were no arrests there were bottles being hurled in either direction to leave a dark mark on the day.

Another trend many hoped would come to a halt this season has been the stubborn misbehaviour of the Western Sydney Wanderers faithful otherwise known as the Red and Black Bloc who have given the FFA headaches since their inception in 2012.

Many argue that the RBB are the best fans in the competition and provide some of the best matchday atmosphere but constant flares, riots and unruly behaviour has led to a number of fans receiving 12-month or even lifetime bans. The neglect of the rules is hurting the game so here’s to hoping the group can tidy up their act come next season.

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Ugly injuries

Injuries are truly the bane of the game and it is always a shame seeing one of the best players in the league sitting on the sidelines due to a niggle or occasionally worse in a long-term more serious injury.

That was the case with Newcastle Jets Venezuelan playmaker Ronald Vargas who missed four months of the season after breaking his leg in round three against Brisbane Roar.

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The injury came as a blow to the Jets but allowed Andrew Nabbout and Dimitri Petratos to step up and push their team towards their second grand final appearance and the Venezuelan will line up for his side as they aim for glory on Saturday night.

Departing stars

The A-League has often been a breeding ground for young talent before departing for Europe or Asia to further develop under a more advanced academy. We as a league can deal with these youngsters making the leap but when it is stars in their prime being poached the loss is more of a detriment.

The major departure for the 2017/18 season of the A-League came in March when high flying Jet Nabbout left for greener pastures with Urawa Red Diamonds in Japan as his side angled their sights on the A-League title.

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While the move has been beneficial for the crafty winger having received a Socceroos call-up ahead of the World Cup in Russia Newcastle have found it tough to cover the creative spark that Nabbout gave the side and will miss him moving forward.

Another last minute departure to hurt an A-League club this season was the move of Tony Popovic to Turkey leaving the Wanderers high, dry and struggling from the start while the former Asian Cup winner was sacked by Karabukspor just over two months later.

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Recent Sports Media graduate from the University of Canberra. Love all things football and can't wait to be part of the growth of the game in Australia. Waiting for the day the FFA come to their senses and hand us an A-League team... but could be waiting a while.