Steve Pantelidis (R) of the Glory is sent off by referee Jarred Gillett as Andrew Nabbout (L) of the Victory looks on during the A-League Elimination final match between the Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory at Etihad Stadium on April 5, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.
Steve Pantelidis (R) of the Glory is sent off by referee Jarred Gillett as Andrew Nabbout (L) of the Victory looks on during the A-League Elimination final match between the Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory at Etihad Stadium on April 5, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. Scott Barbour / Getty Images

Glory fans blame Gillett for A-League semi-final result

IF I was a Perth Glory fan I would still be seething about Friday night's A-League semi-final loss to Melbourne Victory.

Of course I would be desperately unhappy that my team somehow managed to lose what appeared to be the unlosable game.

But I would be more angry about the fact referee Jarred Gillett was allowed anywhere near this crucial clash, let alone referee it.

After last year's controversial grand final in which Gillett handed out that last-minute penalty to allow Brisbane Roar back in the game against the Glory, the FFA and the A-League should never have chosen Gillett to officiate in this match.

The hearts of Glory fans and players must have missed a beat when the officials were confirmed for the game.

Gillett would have been as popular in Perth as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after last year' decider, so for the powers that be to put him in charge of a Glory finals match again was what you might call somewhat insensitive, or just plain stupid.

Now I am not saying Gillett is not a good referee, but there are plenty of other officials out there who could have done the job on Friday night.

Of course, the A-League bosses could not have anticipated that Gillett would once again be embroiled in more controversy involving the Glory, but they should never had let the situation arise.

Some might say Perth should have finished the game off long before the last minute of normal time.

They're probably right, but the Glory should have won the game without those missed chances, including Shane Smeltz's penalty miss.

One of the main reasons they didn't was because of Gillett's decision to award that last-gasp penalty to allow Victory back in the game.

Yes, another ref might have also awarded it, but at least it wouldn't have been Gillett.



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