Muscat claims double standards after second derby loss

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After two successive derby losses in under a fortnight, Kevin Muscat was left fuming at refereeing decisions during his side’s 2-0 loss to Melbourne City in the FFA Cup on Tuesday night.

The Victory coach accused referee Shaun Evans of “insulting people’s intelligence” after he controversially overturned an offside call to allow Luke Brattan’s 9th minute strike to count. Despite Tim Cahill seemingly obstructing Lawrence Thomas, forcing him to dive for the ball late in an offside position.

“I know two things,” Muscat said at the post match press conference.

“There was a strike, Tim was in-between the ball and the goalkeeper and he had to move out of the way otherwise the ball was going to hit him.

“If you have to get out of the way of the ball travelling towards the goal I suggest you are obstructing the keeper.”

At the same time Marco Rojas’s equaliser for Victory was ruled out as Besart Berisha was judged to have obstructed City goalkeeper, Dean Bouzanis, despite not touching the ball in the same way Cahill did.

“He doesn’t get anything on the ball, Marco scores from an onside position and it’s given offside because Bes [Berisha] obstructed the keeper.

“There is a contradiction here because they are both exactly the same. Bouzanis can’t move until he recognises that Bes is not going to touch the ball and then when he doesn’t touch the ball, Marco is in an onside position.”

This is not the first refereeing incident involving Shaun Evans this season.

Adelaide United chairman Greg Griffen formally requested Football Federation Australia (FFA) bar Evans from officiating their matches after the referee failed to send off Western Sydney Wanderer Jack Clisby for a horror tackle on Reds’ star Sergio Cirio last week.

The request was rejected by the FFA.

Muscat confirmed that he will personally contact FFA Director of Referees, Ben Wilson in order to clarify the rules to his players before their match against the Wellington Phoenix on Monday.

“They are going to have to come in before Monday and explain the rules to the players again because we obviously don’t know the rules,” Muscat said.

In a physical contest, that we rarely see in the modern day game, Muscat praised his sides intensity at the ball, yet was critical of some of the City players’ integrity.

“There was lots of rolling around, lots of diving.

“There was another decision where Leigh Broxham cops a punch in the head and the referee is ten yards behind him and again miraculously didn’t see it. In my opinion its a foul.

“It did seem at times that there were two sets of rules,” added Muscat.

Muscat and the Victory, who sit fifth on the ladder, will look to bounce back after last night’s game when they take on the Phoenix at Etihad Stadium next Monday.

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