‘Too far’ – Zadkovich and Rudan disagree about ALM red cards

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So far there have been 41 red cards issued during the current A-League Men season, an equal record with the 2010/2011 campaign and there are still six rounds remaining.

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Perth Glory’s Jordan Elsey and Western Sydney Wanderer’s Tomislav Mrčela were both sent off in separate incidents in a 1-0 thriller at HBF Park on Friday night.

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Elsey’s red card was the second fastest ever red card in an ALM match, happening just over a minute into the game for his challenge on Wanderers striker Yeni Ngbakoto.

In the 84th minute, referee Alex King drew red again toward Mrčela for pulling on David Williams’ shirt in a last-man contest.

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Despite the significant number of red cards this season, head coaches Ruben Zadkovich and Marko Rudan stand at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to how and why players are dismissed.

Zadkovich says the number of red cards this season is an issue, and the decisions of referees are disrupting the flow of play.

“Football has gone too far the other way for me. You know it’s one minute into a game and he’s made a tackle…for me, it’s not a red card,” he said.

“To send him off in the first minute for a challenge like that, for me, ruins the game. It makes it too much about the referees. I think they need to stay out of the game a little bit and let the guys play.

“There is no consistency there and it’s disappointing.”

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Meanwhile, despite the Wanderers disappointing loss, Rudan provided nothing but support for the referee’s decisions during Friday night’s game.

“We’ve seen enough situations in those type of tackles from behind with your studs up, it’s a red every day of the week. If my player did that, I would have sat down and not said a word, it’s clear,” he said.

“With Tomi, you could say it’s harsh, but I’ve seen it happen before. The referees have been consistent, and that’s all we as coaches ask for is consistency.”

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Despite there being a record of red cards this season, Rudan says the number is not important but more so if players are playing by the rules.

“It’s not a matter of how many there have been and if its history made with the amount of cards that have been dished out, it’s about being consistent and playing to the law which they [the referees] have been doing,” he said.

“I’ve got no qualms about that. I would if there was inconsistency.”

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