Kisnorbo labels Luna’s second yellow card as ‘soft’

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Melbourne City head coach Patrick Kisnorbo has labelled the referee’s decision to give Adrian Luna a second yellow card against Brisbane Roar as soft.

The City midfielder received his marching orders in the 69th minute after a late challenge on Rahmat Akbari, much to Kisnorbo’s displeasure.

Despite City defending their 1-0 lead for the final 20 minutes, Kisnorbo disagreed with referee Adam Kersey’s decision that forced his side to finish the encounter with ten men.

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“I thought it was a bit soft.

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When you look at the replay, I can’t see any contact,” Kisnorbo said.

“That’s what I saw but maybe the referee or the linesman saw it a different way, but I didn’t think there was that much contact.”

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Luna received his first yellow in the 52nd minute after preventing a Joey Champness burst down the left-hand touchline.

The yellow card was quickly forgotten about thanks to Connor Metcalfe’s right boot and the opening goal of the 2020/21 A-League season.

While Luna’s red card could have caused chaos for City, Kisnorbo said his team were well-equipped to deal with the setback.

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“Sometimes these things happen, and you need to prepare for it,” Kisnorbo said.

“We prepared that just in case something might happen, that you need to adapt and that’s what we did.”

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Overall, Kisnorbo was impressed with his side’s performance despite some first half nerves.

“The first half was a bit sloppy but that probably comes down to nerves, obviously there is such a build up to the first game of the season,” Kisnorbo said.

“Credit all to the players. They showed great character, great belief.

“To get a 1-0 win away to start with, it was good.”

Feature image credit: Melbourne City

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Matthew Tsimpikas
Sports lover studying journalism at the Queensland University of Technology. Covering Brisbane Roar FC in the 2020/21 A-League and W-League.

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