22/02/2024

Western Sydney Wanderers coach Marko Rudan on the sideline during an A-League game. Photo Credit: Joshua Davis

After his post-match press conference following the Wanderers defeat to Macarthur FC, Marko Rudan has been hit with a show cause notice by Football Australia.

In his post-match press conference, Rudan claimed there was a stigma against his team in a near six-minute soliloquy.

“The game changed on its head with the red card and everything else, and I’ll start by saying there is an absolute stigma attached to my football club. It’s clear for all to see,” Rudan said.

“You can say whatever you want, but this guy Adam, whatever his name is, Adam Kearnsey or whatever, there’s a bit of history between myself and him, and he knows that very well.

“For the life of me, how Germain stays on the pitch when he kicks out at my player, I have absolutely no idea how that is only deemed a yellow card when it’s a retaliation. It’s a clear red.

“It happened to my players last year, but when it does happen to my football club and my players, they don’t even think twice. It’s a straight red.

“In the last two weeks, I’ve had two players who are not synonymous for making fouls or being dirty, yet straight reds.”

As a result of his comments, Rudan has been with a show cause notice by Football Australia.

“Football Australia has reviewed the post-match comments made by Western Sydney Wanderers FC Head Coach Marko Rudan and will be issuing him with a show cause notice under the Football Australia Code of Conduct & Ethics.”

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Football Australia Head of Referees Nathan Magill commented on the Germain incident which Rudan brought up in his press conference.

“The VAR did review an incident between Valère Germain (Macarthur FC) and Tom Beadling (Western Sydney Wanderers FC) in the first half, concluding that the studs of Germain’s boot did not make contact with the body of Beadling, so it was deemed not to be Violent Conduct.

“That being said, this was a missed yellow card against Germain, something which we have discussed with the match referee as part of Football Australia’s weekly performance review of its officials.”

The game itself saw Macarthur emerge 4-3 victors over the Wanderers, with six goals in the first half, before Germain sealed it with the winning goal in second half stoppage time.

Macarthur now turn their attention to Melbourne Victory on Saturday afternoon in Melbourne, while the Wanderers welcome the Newcastle Jets to Parramatta on Sunday afternoon.

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