Central Coast Mariners Head Coach Mike Mulvey has said the referee, of his side’s Friday night match against Brisbane Roar, brought the situation on himself after Mariners striker and captain Matt Simon was heard calling A-League referee Stephen Lucas a “f******* dog.”
Two Central Coast Mariners players, Aiden O’Neill and Matt Simon, were sent from the field during their 5-3 loss to fellow bottom-of-the-ladder club Brisbane Roar.
“I think the referee brought a lot of the situation on himself.
“The same way we look at the way we’ve performed, hopefully, the A-League has a look at the way the officiating happened,” said Mulvey
The disgraceful outburst from Simon that included the words, “don’t walk away from me you f****** dog”, comes less than a week after he was publicly praised by Fox Sports Australia presenter Adam Peacock.
“We all have our maybe misconceptions about Matt Simon… but the guy is a magnificent ambassador for the A-League,” said Peacock.
The comment was made by the respected A-League pundit during the networks A-League Hour show when sharing a heartwarming story about the Mariners captain.
💬 “We all have our maybe misconceptions about Matt Simon… but the guy is a magnificent ambassador for the @ALeague“@adampeacock3 shares a wonderful story about the @CCMariners skipper. 🙌👇 pic.twitter.com/5y6T0TeCsA— FOX Sports Football (@FOXFOOTBALL) February 18, 2019
Simon is playing in his twelfth season in the A-League and has amassed over 200 appearances for the Central Coast Mariners and Sydney FC. During the outburst he had to be restrained by team mate Jordan Murray.Embed from Getty Images
Drama continues to surround the ailing outfit as former Mariners defender Josh Rose, who himself played 167 matches for the A-League club, tweeted on Friday night that CEO Shaun Mielekamp, Head Coach Mike Mulvey and Assistant Coach Nick Montgomery are “killing our once great club”.
The 3 M’s are killing our once great club. Mielekamp, Mulvey and Montgomery clearly not even close where they need to be to do their jobs. Tough decisions need to be made for this club to go forward. #AnnounceHiariej #headsshouldroll #EnoughIsEnough— Josh Rose (@josh_rose3) February 22, 2019
Rose is not the only former Mariners player to air his thoughts on the team with former striker Danny McBreen overhead calling the team “f****** dogs***” on a live microphone earlier this season on Fox Sports.
Got this off YouTube pic.twitter.com/1NAe3yiVmF— Adam Howard (@adamOsaussies) December 31, 2018