Melbourne Victory marquee Keisuke Honda should have been shown a second yellow card against Adelaide United on Friday night, according to the FFA's director of referees Ben Wilson.
The Japanese midfielder was guilty of a poor challenge on Ryan Kitto in the second half having already been booked but the referee decided against giving Honda his marching orders.
Wilson admitting the challenge was worthy of a second yellow in his opinion but VAR didn't have the power to intervene.
I also think that Keisuke Honda should have received a second yellow card for his challenge on Ryan Kitto but it is not within the protocol for this to be reviewed by the VAR.— Ben Wilson (@BenWilsonFFA) April 24, 2019
The decision, or lack thereof, wouldn't prove decisive in the end as Adelaide grounded out a 1-0 win.
Since that game, Honda was rested for Victory's Asian Champions League clash against Guangzhou Evergrande which ended 1-1.
The Victory star has been pivotal this season for the club scoring seven goals and picking up five assists across 17 appearances.
He's also no stranger to the referee's notebook having been handed four yellow cards to date and lucky not to have seen his first red on Friday.