Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold was left seething after a late penalty decision he feels “wasn’t warranted” led to a 2-1 loss to Adelaide United on Friday night.
The 10-man Sky Blues fought back from a 1-0 second-half deficit to level terms, before Marcelo Carrusca converted a spotkick deep into stoppage-time.
Adelaide won the penalty after Dylan McGowan appeared to be bundled over inside the box from a corner by Jacques Faty but Arnold disputed the decision.
“(The players) are disappointed because they got something taken away from them again that wasn’t warranted,” a visibly seething Arnold told Fox Sports.
“Dylan McGowan said he didn’t touch him.”
The Sky Blues coach also took aim at the Reds for a “sterile” approach.
“The boys did a huge effort and were outstanding,” Arnold said.
“I think Adelaide didn’t change their system at all, even though we were a man down, they were pretty sterile.”
Afterwards, referee Strebre Dilovski defended his decision, claiming it was clear.
“I was approximately 10 yards away from the incident. I had a clear view,” Dilovski told Fox Sports.
“The ball jumped up and Jacques Faty completely missed the ball. He took the Adelaide player out.
“For me whether it’s in the middle of the park or the 94th minute or the first minute, it’s a penalty.
“I think it was pretty clear from my angle.”
In extraordinary scenes, Arnold’s rage continued when he stormed out of his post-match press conference.
Arriving late and commencing by stating he 'doesn't want to be sitting here', Arnold was also fuming at Alex Gersbach’s red card.
"If I could start by saying I don't really want to be sitting here tonight," he said.
"I just want to make a statement and then I'll leave.
"Congratulations to Adelaide for winning the game.
"I'm very proud of my boys, they worked extremely hard.
"(Playing down) 11 against 10, I thought we did exceptionally well and it was criminal how it ended.
"That's pretty much all I've got to say. I would rather you guys write what you saw - you guys write the report how you saw it."comments