Osieck will use A-League players for qualifier

Socceroos coach Holger Osieck is expected to yield to common sense by using a largely A-League-based squad for Australia’s dead rubber World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia in Melbourne on February 29. Despite suggesting late last year during a press conference to announce AAMI Park as the venue for the game that he would play … [Read the full story]

Banned from diving

The A-League has come down hard on Central Coast Mariners midfielder Patricio Perez and Perth Glory striker Michael Baird with the pair both given two-match bans for diving. They’ve also banned theappeal process. Baird was on the radio today saying that he had a right to appeal, and “even murderers get the chance to appeal”. … [Read the full story]

Heart ripped out by Glory

Melbourne had their Hearts ripped out by a controversial injury-time penalty that gave Perth Glory a 2-2 draw at AAMI Park on Sunday night. The Heart were leading 2-1 until three minutes into stoppage time when the dodgiest of penalties was given. Glory’s Michael Baird looked like he’d been hit by the Tokyo express when … [Read the full story]