Veart claims Adelaide ‘harshly dealt with’ by referees all season

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It was a case of the same old for Adelaide United as head coach Carl Veart fumed over his side’s treatment from the referees.  

“You can see all season long that we have been harshly dealt with (by the referees),” Veart said after a 1-0 loss to Melbourne Victory on Saturday. 

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This is not Veart’s first time complaining about the quality of refereeing that his side has endured this season, and it also doesn’t look to be the last time either. 

Currently Adelaide United have four of the six most booked players in the league, with Javi Lopez, Isaías, Juande and Jacob Tratt all receiving seven total cards to this point. 

And Veart has had enough. 

“It happens every single week,” Veart said. 

“Our players have been getting booked for little things all season, our players get picked on for their first challenges. It’s disappointing.” 

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Veart especially let his feelings be known after a “frightening” challenge on Mohamed Toure resulted in Toure dislocating his shoulder and being stretchered off. 

“The Victory players have a hold of his arm and pulled it right back in front of the referee and linesman, yet there was nothing given,” Veart said. 

“One of the players had hold of his arm and pulled it right back. Almost like a chicken wing. 

“It was frightening.” 

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Despite numerous apologies from referees boss Strebre Delovski to Veart regarding refereeing mistakes, Veart states that isn’t enough.  

“These mistakes have happened in crucial moments of games that have cost us goals,” Veart said. 

“But that doesn’t matter does it as it’s happened out in the game.

“These mistakes set the tone of the game.” 

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Despite this, Adelaide now fall to fifth place after their defeat to Victory. 

But they may not be sitting there for long as they precariously sit in fifth on 28 points.  

Wellington Phoenix sit in sixth place with 27 points and three extra games to play, whilst Macarthur, whom Adelaide play on Friday night, sit in seventh with 26 points and two extra games. 

There is a real possibility that Adelaide could drop to as low as seventh in the coming weeks.  

Featured image credit: Jordan Trombetta

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Cameron Ottenhoff
Cameron Ottenhoff
Sport, media and communications student at Flinders University in Adelaide. I was forced to hang the boots up at a young age after discovering I'm no good at sport, so now I just talk about it instead.

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