Arnold faces sanctions over ref rant

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold faces a possible fine and suspension after he let rip over the standard of  refereeing in the A-League. 

Arnold has been issued a 'please explain' by FFA under the National Code of Conduct.

The title-winning coach let fly at the referees after the Sky Blues were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw against the Newcastle Jets in Wollongong on Saturday night.

The biggest gripe of the Sky Blues boss was the controversial offside decision that denied Marc Janko what would have been a contender for goal of the season, a spectacular volley 11 minutes before half-time.

“They do it every week … they may as well just give the championship trophy to the referees because they decide what’s going on,” an irate Arnold said.

“You can talk about the A-League and the standard, but until they lift their standards, and I know they’re part-time, but every game I’ve watched in the A-League this year there is some rotten decisions that costs points.

“And tonight … the refs ruin games every week and tonight they’ve ruined goal of the year.”

Asked what needs to change, Arnold fumed: “Maybe (refs become) full-time.

“Or you do need video replays in Australia because they (the referees) are that bad.”

FFA was less than pleased with the outburst on Fox Sports and in the official post-match media conference and has given Arnold unil 5pm on Monday to make a submission.

A statement from the FFA said: "Sanctions applicable for a breach of the National Code of Conduct include a reprimand, a fine and/or suspension from participation in a match or matches."