O'Neill stepped on him - Bosnich slams Hoffman red, suggests Sydney FC bias

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The pundit criticised the competition's officiating after blasting the decision which changed the game

Mark Bosnich has slammed the standard of refereeing in the A-League after Jason Hoffman's controversial red in Newcastle Jets 2-1 loss to Sydney FC at Jubilee Oval on Saturday.

The Fox Sports personality said the decision by referee Adam Fielding to show the Jets utility his marching orders was wrong and these kind of errors were damaging the standing of the competition.

Fielding sent off Hoffman for allegedly kicking Sydney FC midfielder Brandon O'Neill - but television replays showed the latter standing on the Jets player's ankle with no lash out in return.

Bosnich also suggested it was fair for Australian football fans to suggest the Sky Blues get the rub of the green after defender Michael Zullo stayed on the pitch despite committing a 'yellow card tackle'.

Now Hoffman was stepped on by O'Neill - obviously missed by the referee. He turns around and in my opinion there is no kick out there," Bosnich said on Fox Sports' post game show.

"I'm still waiting to see the lash out. He is turning around. I'm sorry because this is just not good enough. You are now getting to the point where supporters of a lot of sides are getting fed up with (the standard of refereeing).

"Last year on social media I had a massive argument on social media with a Melbourne Victory fan who was saying Sydney FC seem to benefit from all these close decisions. You know what, he may have a point.

"The referee had Zullo 10 minutes later who did a yellow card tackle, who is already on a yellow, and he doesn't get anything. So what do you expect people to think?

"This has got to be sorted out and as quickly as possible."

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