A-League reverses ‘worst red card decision ever seen’ in Adelaide’s draw with Sydney FC

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A-League admits to ‘obvious error’ and reverses suspension after incident billed as ‘worst red card decision ever seen’ in Adelaide’s thrilling draw with Sydney FC

  • A-League has rescinded red card issued to Adelaide striker Hiroshi Ibusuki
  • Japanese forward was sent off by referee Daniel Elder versus Sydney FC
  • Decision was slammed by football experts and fans, Ibusuki was bemused
  • He is free to play this weekend for Adelaide versus Perth at Coopers Stadium 

Adelaide United striker Hiroshi Ibusuki has seen his controversial red card overturned after the A-League admitted to an ‘obvious error’ during Sunday’s clash with Sydney FC.

In shambolic scenes, the Japanese forward was sent off in the first half for having his studs raised in a challenge by referee Daniel Elder.     

Football Australia’s Match Review Panel (MRP) accepted Adelaide’s application for an ‘Obvious Error Review’ and Ibusuki is now free to play this weekend versus Perth on home soil at Coopers Stadium.

In a statement released by the FA on Monday, they concluded the send off was not warranted. 

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‘The MRP first considered the Application. In accordance with the Regulations, the MRP considered the broadcast footage, match official reports and the submissions on behalf of Ibusuki,’ the statement read.

Adelaide’s Hiroshi Ibusuki (pictured right) is given a red card by referee Daniel Elder on Sunday at Allianz Stadium

The Japanese striker was bemused by the decision, which was overturned by on Monday

The Japanese striker was bemused by the decision, which was overturned by on Monday

‘As Ibusuki was issued with a direct red card, the MRP was first required to determine unanimously that based on the materials above, no direct red card was warranted in the circumstances.

‘After due consideration, the MRP held that no direct red card was warranted in the circumstances and the other matters required by the regulations were satisfied. Therefore, the application was accepted, as there was an obvious error in the issuing of the red card.

‘Having accepted the application, the MRP has determined that Ibusuki would not be required to serve the mandatory match suspension, will face no further action for the incident, and will have the red card rescinded and removed from his record.’

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Countless football fans were stunned by Elder’s on-field decision, and post match Adelaide coach Carl Veart criticised the call, which was also verified by the VAR team.

‘I’m sure everyone that was watching the game will have a very similar opinion to me,’ he fumed.

‘That’s something we don’t want in the game. We’re trying to attract a lot of new supporters to the game and decisions like that might put people off.

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‘I think everyone (in the league) will want an explanation because they’ll be getting worried if we’re going to have red cards for challenges like that.’

Speaking in commentary for Channel 10’s Paramount, Sky Blues great Alex Brosque savaged the decision.

A-League legend Alex Brosque (left), pictured with former teammate Michael Zullo, says Sunday's refereeing howler was one of the worst he'd seen

A-League legend Alex Brosque (left), pictured with former teammate Michael Zullo, says Sunday’s refereeing howler was one of the worst he’d seen

‘It’s for me, one of the worst red card decisions I’ve ever seen,’ he said.

‘I don’t see that there is any intent there (from Ibusuki). The VAR should’ve called Daniel Elder there to the sideline to have a look to see if it was as bad as he originally thought.’

Ex-EPL star Charlie Austin, who joined Brisbane Roar this season, couldn’t believe what he was seeing.

‘That is never a red card!!! What a shambles honestly, how has he been sent off for that and to even be checked by VAR!’ the Englishman wrote on Twitter.

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