Graham Arnold was left frustrated with his side’s performance last night as the Central Coast went down 1-0 to league leaders Brisbane Roar. However it was his comments post game that will raise a few eyebrows.
While clearly disappointed with his team’s effort, he believes the Mariners should have gone one ahead when shouts for a handball inside the area were waved away from referee Ben Williams, despite his assistant flagging for the call.
Post-game Arnold was less than impressed with Williams, claiming he ‘bullied’ his assistant referee Greg Taylor.
“I just ah . . . it was a young linesman and if you’re going to bully a young linesman and not listen to him, then it’s no use having him out there,” Arnold said when asked what he had said to Williams at half time.
“That young linesman flagged for a penalty. He was trying to get the referee’s attention and then put it down. Everyone said it. Even Fox Sports said it to me, that the linesman flagged for a penalty and Williams didn’t want to see it.”
The Mariners now have a week off due to a rescheduled fixture, and the Central Coast boss was quick to question why that was the case.
“I’d like to ask you guys why we’re not playing?” Arnold asked members of the media at the post match press conference.
“Do you know why? Wellington played in round one with six out, I don’t know why if it’s good for one game it’s not good all the time?
His questions come as the Central Coast were to play Wellington this coming weekend, however the game has been rescheduled to December because of the New Zealand All-Whites World Cup playoff against Mexico.
Arnold pointed out that there is no FIFA dates for the A-League (in reference to the Socceroos friendly with Costa Rica next week), but there now appears to be one for New Zealand.
“It’s the double standards that I don’t understand. There are no FIFA dates in the A-League. Now we’ve got a FIFA date for Wellington.”
“I really hope New Zealand qualify for our boys (Michael McGlinchey and Storm Roux who are in the NZ squad), for Ricki Herbert and New Zealand football but in the A-League there is no FIFA dates so why have the FFA called our game off next weekend?”
“I’ve got no understanding. I understand Wellington would be over the moon about it.” Arnold added.
Central Coast’s next game is an away trip to Perth on the 23rd of November, while round 6 sees Brisbane travel to Newcastle to take on the Jets.