DANNY VUKOVIC

Australian Four Four Two - - GRAND FINAL FEVER -

Mariners keeper

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.

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