I think the pressure of the situation in that moment got the better of me. After the game I was on the team coach heading back up to the Central Coast and got a phone call from Dave Davutovic – who I’d done a lot of interviews with in the past – and he actually informed me that I was facing a lifetime ban at that point. Prior to that I’d asked the coaches what they thought I might get and they didn’t know. It’s not every day that a player makes contact with an official. What followed was the toughest six months of my life. I ended up missing out on an Olympic Games when I was the only player to have played every minute in the qualifiers.