It was little wonder what dominated the post-match press conferences, with both sides' coaches making their thoughts clear on the standard of refereeing
|By DANIEL COLASIMONE
Brisbane Roar coach Rado Vidosic is confident star midfielder Thomas Broich will be available for action next week, after the German was controversially red-carded in Saturday's 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets.
Despite a positive result for the struggling Roar, much of the talk post-match centred on the flare up just before half-time, which resulted in the dismissals of Broich and Jets defender Josh Mitchell.
As Mitchell played a pass out of defence and advanced forward, Broich appeared to do little more than hold his ground as the Jets man ran into him and went to ground. Mitchell, who had been booked minutes earlier in conceding the penalty which was the difference between the sides, then sprang to his feet and charged at Broich, pushing him over.
The German had some angry words for Mitchell as the two stood toe-to-toe, but showed no further physical aggression, before the Jets player was clattered into from behind by an angry Erik Paartalu.
Referee Brenton Hayward then showed Mitchell his second yellow, before stunning the home crowd by giving Broich a straight red for violent conduct. Boos rang out around Suncorp Stadium as Broich, who was Brisbane's best in the first half, left the pitch looking bemused.
"There was nothing in it," Vidosic said after the game. "He should not have been sent off."
"I think the referee even told a couple of our players he had made a mistake, so hopefully Thomas will be OK to play next week."
Jets coach Gary van Egmond, meanwhile, told reporters that - despite Broich's controversial dismissal - it was his side which could perhaps feel more aggrieved by the officiating.
Van Egmond had no complaints about the penalty decision which ultimately cost his side the match, though he did question the yellow card count, which weighed heavily against his side.
Despite the home side committing 14 fouls to their opponents' 10, the Jets were on the receiving end of multiple bookings from Hayward, while no Roar player was given yellow.
"We got seven yellow cards, they didn't get one yellow," said the Jets coach. "I'm just going to leave it at that."
When asked about the match's biggest talking point, Van Egmond said he did not have a clear view, however he questioned why only some players were booked.
"I didn't see it, I just saw players running in," he said.
"But I did find it strange that certain people didn't warrant a yellow card or what have you."
Vidosic did not call for the inexperienced Hayward to be relieved of his duties next week, however, saying that apart from the Broich incident, he did his job well.
"We're all human and we all make mistakes, so I think referee admitted that he made mistake and I think he should be encouraged to referee the next game," he said.
"I think that was probably the only mistake he made. I don't think he had a bad game."
The A-League's match review panel have the power to rescind red cards which are deemed 'obvious errors'. The panel meets on Monday.