Kisnorbo not accountable for denying Good a Socceroos call-up

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Melbourne City coach Patrick Kisnorbo says he followed all the rules in refusing to let defender Curtis Good join the Socceroos for their World Cup qualifying match against Japan on Thursday night.

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Speaking after his side’s 2-1 victory against Brisbane Roar, Kisnorbo was defensive of his decision to withhold Good from the Socceroos squad.

“Legally we don’t have to (release Good),” Kisnorbo said.

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold wanted to call-up Good, who has been capped just twice for Australia, into his squad as a replacement for the Covid-positive Kye Rowles.

City held out and claimed it did not have to release Good because he had not been named in the provisional 50-man squad

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The club already had four of its players withdrawn from the match against Japan in the form of Jamie Maclaren, Mathew Leckie, Marco Tilio and Connor Metcalfe.

“A rule is a rule and we followed that rule, I can’t change a rule, we abided by those rules,” he said.

Kisnorbo doubled down on the rule, refusing to assume any part of the hold out on the defender.

“I didn’t deny him the chance, it was the rule that denied him the chance, not me, maybe you need to look at the rules,” he said.

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“His name wasn’t on that extended squad for whatever reason, it is not my decision as the coach.”

The City coach also pressed the need for international breaks during the A-League Men season.

“If we want to grow and we want to follow rules around the world, because we are a world sport, it’s what I’ve been calling for,” he said.

Melbourne City still sit three points clear at the top of the A-League Men’s table.

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However, City travel to face Macarthur FC in a top-four clash on Saturday night in what will be another test of their premiership credentials.

Feature image credit: Melbourne City FC

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Bill Hedley
Journalism under graduate at the University of Queensland. I have been a die-hard football player and fan for the past 16 years and am now a passionate multimedia Journalist, covering Brisbane Roar for the 2021/22 A-League season.

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