Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat hopes ‘common sense will prevail’ after his assistant coach Jean Paul de Marigny ran onto Allianz Stadium and allegedly slapped David Carney in Saturday’s 3-2 semi-final victory over arch-rivals Sydney FC.
De Marigny and Victory’s goalkeeper coach Dean Anastasiadis were both issued red cards after running onto the field in the aftermath of Terry Antonis’ match-winner in the 117th minute.
Replays appeared to show de Marigny slapped Carney in the face in an incident that is certain to come under more scrutiny in the lead up to Saturday’s A-League grand final against Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium.
But Muscat believes de Marigny and Anastasiadis have already been punished enough by the match officials.
"I was caught up in the emotion of the game as well … and I haven’t seen anything," Muscat said when quizzed over the incident.
"They’ve obviously been punished tonight for whatever reasons and we’ll find out what they are and we’ll go from there.
“(It was a) punishment tonight not seeing the end of the game so surely common sense will prevail and they can enjoy what they’ve worked hard for throughout the season next week.
"Football is an emotional game and sometimes when someone gets over-emotional we want to jump on them and crucify them.
"And then when there’s no emotion (people say) ‘Oh, it’s boring’, so you’ve got to be careful as well and I’m hoping common sense will prevail and I’m pretty sure it will as well."
— Scott (@RestingPlayers) April 28, 2018
While the sending offs soured an otherwise glorious night for Muscat's side, it was tough way for Graham Arnold to bow out as Sydney FC coach.
Having led the Sky Blues an A-League first back-to-back premierships, Muscat believes arrogance got the best of the Arnold's side.
"At the start of the week they were all queuing up and even after the game one of their coaching staff spoke to one of our coaching staff and said, ‘We knew the arrogance was going to come back and bite us’, and that’s what happened," he said.
"Sometimes when you talk too much it could come back to bite you.
"I thought it was a great performance and a great night for us. I don’t think anyone gave us a chance, but we’ve done it."