Socceroo James Holland has described the controversial Austrian Bundesliga incident that resulted in his sending off as “ridiculous” and revealed his bitterness at missing this weekend’s vital Vienna derby.
Holland was sent off for a second yellow card near the half-time break in Austria Wien’s 2-2 draw with SV Ried on Sunday.
Austria Wien coach Herbert Gager accused Ried’s Andreas Schicker of “acting” after he went down from minimal contact with Holland.
The Australian midfielder admitted “it wasn’t the best decision”.
“I’m OK with referees making mistakes, they’re human and it’s a part of the game,” Holland said.
“But it’s disappointing when it has an effect on the outcome. Also, this is the second time this year that I have been sent off for similar ridiculous incidences.
“Of course it’s nice to know the coach has my back. But in this case it was clear for everyone to see.”
Ried scored from the resulting free-kick after Holland was red-carded but Austria Wien hit back in the second half to secure a point.
The draw continued Austria Wien’s eight-game unbeaten run however a win would have put them in equal second place in the Austrian Bundesliga.
The Violets are currently in third place on table with 46 points, two points behind city rivals Rapid Wien, while league leaders Salzburg are way in front with 71.
Austria take on Rapid this weekend in the Vienna derby, with second place and a position in the European Champions League up for grabs.
“The derby will go a long way to decides who gets that second spot, so it’s an extremely important game,” Holland said.
“I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to play and help the boys.”
Holland, who joined the Violets in 2012, has made 38 appearances this season. The 24-year old – who has picked up 10 yellow cards and been sent off twice this campaign – said simulation is a problem everywhere in football.
He added: “It’s a shame that some players feel that they have to do it.
“I don’t think it has a place in football, but that’s just my opinion.”comments