Covic rebuked for 'Albanian salesman’ jibe

Perth Glory goalkeeper Ante Covic added fuel to the fire when he lampooned a penalty earned by Melbourne Victory marksman Besart Berisha on Sunday.

Both sides converted from the spot in a 1-1 draw at AAMI Park, but Berisha appeared to hit the turf under minimal (if any) contact from Covic.

And the Glory custodian didn’t hold back after the final whistle.

“I got a yellow card and a penalty against me for absolutely nothing,” Covic told Fox Sports after the game.

“You can get the honesty from me, or you can go to the Albanian salesman (Berisha) and get his version.”

Commentator and former Socceroos goalkeeper Mark Bosnich said Covic’s comments were unwarranted.

“What he just said, he didn’t have to say — ‘Albanian salesman’," Bosnich said on Fox Sports Shootout.

“I don’t think he had to say that but I spoke to Ante about half an hour ago and he was adamant there was no contact but I also spoke to someone who sits right next to Besart Berisha in the Melbourne Victory dressing room because I couldn’t get in contact with Bes, but he swears that there was contact.

“What I saw from the incident was that, regardless of if there was contact or not, if someone makes a challenge on someone, whether it be a goalkeeper or a player, in the penalty box if you have to take evasive action and because of that evasive action you fall or can’t get a strike on goal it can be deemed a penalty.

“I think basically Shaun (Evans) the referee has looked at it and thought to himself ‘in my opinion Ante charged at Besart Berisha’. Whether there was contact or not, it was enough for him to take that kind of action.”