Sydney let off the hook: Muscat

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Kevin Muscat says Adrian Mierzejewski should have been sent off in last night’s Big Blue defeat after the Pole collected Victory defender Rhys Williams with a stray elbow.

The Sky Blues attacker had already received a yellow card for mouthing off at referee Jarred Gillet and a furious Muscat says Sydney were hugely lucky to get off the hook.

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With 50 minutes gone at the time Muscat, who got a great look at the incident from the sideline, was notably furious and vented his frustration after the match.

“I could see there was contact,” he said.

“You’ve made contact with your elbow, so if it’s not a direct red surely it’s a yellow card, he was already on a yellow.

“When your at the top of the table the big decisions tend to go for you.”

Gillet did get the chance to wield the red card Muscat demanded late in the second half when Jason Geria’s challenge on Bobo resulted in a second yellow and penalty for Sydney.

Geria fouled Bobo in the box around the 77th minute mark with the match still in the balance at 1-1. The Brazilian converted from the spot and the man advantage helped them towards a two-goal cushion.

Muscat was left frustrated but could see why the decision was made.

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“I was a long way away but it looked like he made contact,” he said.

“If I’m going to be honest about the Adrian incident, I’ve got to be honest with that one I thought he did make contact.”

Victory’s chances of a Big Blue win were dealt a blow before the game when Leroy George had to pull out with injury. Muscat eased concerns for the Victory faithful by confirming there was nothing serious for the Dutchman.

“Leroy’s got a little bit of soreness in his hamstring,” said Muscat.

“A couple of days time he possibly could’ve played but there was no need risking him.

“I think he’ll be fine for next week, he’s trained well the last couple of days but as I said a little bit too soon.”

Victory will need him to recover quickly to bounce back for another pivotal clash against Newcastle Jets who remain in second place on the ladder.

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Liam Watson
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Intern for Melbourne Victory and Media and Communications student at La Trobe University.

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