Australia Head Coach Pim Verbeek has slammed the challenges by Vince Grella and Tim Cahill that eventually forced New Zealand winger Leo Bertos off the pitch during tonight's World Cup farwell friendly in Melbourne.
Grella and Cahill both escaped with only yellow cards for heavy challanges on the same player during the first half, with Bertos forced off the pitch.
The All White has since confirmed he has been given the all clear by doctors.
"I am very disappointed...We are lucky that it happened today [in a friendly] but it should never happen again in the upcoming six weeks," Verbeek said of the challenges.
"The first one from Vince was worse than the second one from Timmy. I think Timmy was a little bit overexcited. They cannot do that any more."
Grella's challenge in the first half was two-footed, leaving Bertos in discomfort on the right touch-line, the Blackburn Rovers man only cautioned despite going in two-footed and with studs showing.
Cahill meanwhile lifting a trailing leg in a late challenge that caught Bertos on the same shin and Verbeek says the tackles would have seen the players sent off had they been made in South Africa.
"In the World Cup that’s probably two red cards, so it’s a good lesson because I cannot accept this of course.
"The players know this is not the way they should play the game. You cannot afford to go into whatever game and make tackles like that. I cannot find any reason why you should do it."
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