Auck­land City’s red cards ‘out of char­ac­ter’


A field of con­tro­versy sur­rounded the Su­per City Derby on Sun­day af­ter­noon when Stir­ling Sports Pre­mier­ship fron­trun­ners Auck­land City and Waitakere United went toe-to-toe.

Three red cards, all handed to Auck­land City, were the ma­jor talk­ing points in a game that had them re­duced to eight men while their op­po­nents ran away with a 4-1 vic­tory.

How­ever, coaches from both sides have been quick to de­fend City say­ing their ill-dis­ci­pline is not some­thing the club is known for.

‘‘It’s out of char­ac­ter for us,’’ Auck­land City’s as­sis­tant coach Ivan Vicelich said.

‘‘It fell apart for us when we re­acted to a few de­ci­sions that went against us. We didn’t re­act in the cor­rect way and that’s ob­vi­ously had a big ef­fect on the game.’’

While Waitakere coach Chris Mili­cich was happy with his side’s win, he too didn’t think the game’s in­ci­dents were any tes­ta­ment to City’s at­ti­tude.

‘‘Don’t for­get they’ve played a lot of games in a lot weeks and there’s a lot of tired­ness out there,’’ Mili­cich said.

‘‘I was sur­prised with the lack of dis­ci­pline. They’re not like that so it was a bit of an aberration. They’re still a qual­ity foot­ball team.’’

City face Eastern Suburbs in the fi­nal round next week.


Ref­eree Chris Kerr shows Auck­land City’s Fabrizio Ta­vano a red card.

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