Posted: 23 April, 2012
by Dan The Internut
Late Penalty Hands Roar A-League Premiership
Brisbane Roar has gone back-to-back in the A-League after a controversial penalty was awarded, and converted, to give the defending champions a 2-1 victory over Perth Glory in the grand final.
Source: Youtube.com (Fox Sports)
Alright... I'm just going to say it as it is... the Perth Glory were ROBBED!! ROBBED, I tells ya!
After a season with more ups and downs than the Wild Mouse (mind you, that's not hard), the Perth Glory almost made the greatest comeback since Lazarus with their miraculous run towards the Grand Final.
Sadly, that comeback came crashing down when Roar player Besart Berisha fell of his own volition in the penalty box.
Initially, Perth took the lead in the 51st minute with an own goal from Roar defender Ivan Franjic.
The controversial penalty will no doubt raise the question of video technology with winning coach Ange Postecoglou saying it's "a constant debate in our game".
"I feel like I've been robbed there with the decision, it cost us the grand final," Glory skipper Jacob Burns said after the match. "(Berisha) came up straight up and said it wasn't a penalty. I'm just gutted."
Even Eddie McGuire had something to say about the decision... echoing Burns' sentiments on Triple M's Hot Breakfast saying the controversial penalty "underlined the year for the A-League."
The controversy didn't stop there with the wrong player named man of the match and the Roar press office sending out an email with the headline "Roar lose battle in Brisbane".
Fergie With The Bunch
Hear how this whole typing thing came about.
Making Ripples In Melbourne
Eddie McGuire and Luke Darcy discuss the match.
Personally, I reckon the problem with the A-League in trying to build the game in Australia is that Aussies, brought up on a diet of AFL and NRL (mainly), just don't get that this is all part and parcel of the game. To the majority of Aussies who saw what happened, they see the call as a massive injustice. Enough said.
What do you think, did the Roar deserve to win?