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.