Socceroo in 'drama school' send-off

James Holland’s club boss has accused an opposition player of “acting” and going to “drama school” to get the Socceroo sent off in Austria’s Bundesliga on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Australian was dismissed for a controversial second bookable offence minutes prior to half-time in Austria Wien’s 2-2 draw with Ried.

Holland was given his marching orders for an alleged elbow on Ried’s Andreas Schicker who went down clutching his throat, after the Australian got his body in front of him and attempted to bring down a high ball.

After the game, Wien boss Herbert Gager slammed the referee’s decision and the player’s “acting”.

"He didn’t do anything,” Gager told Sky. “He tried to get his body in front and take the ball.

"Schicker has maybe previously been to drama school. 

"I don’t know him but normally he is a fair sportsman but on this occasion he was just acting.”

Holland had earlier been booked for a late tackle, prompting Gager to plan to replace the ex-Newcastle Jets man at the interval.

"Unfortunately, the referee has beaten me to it,” Gager said.

“I planned to replace Holland at the break because it was clear that he is at risk."

Gager’s frustration was compounded when Ried scored from the resultant free-kick, again in controversial fashion.

Goalkeeper Heinz Lindner pushed the free-kick on to the post, before gathering the rebound, only to be clattered over the line by the onrushing Ried’s Gerard Oliva, but the referee awarded the goal.

Gager labelled the decision to award the goal as “unbelievable”, while his Ried counterpart Michael Angerschmid admitted it was a clear foul.

Holland has previously been sent off twice in Austria Wien colours since joining the club in January 2012.