The WesternSydney Wanderers are furious Massimo Maccarone's elbow on BrendonSantalab went unpunished during Friday's 2-0 win over the Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium.
With 11 minutes left, Santa was looking to contest the ball in the air but the former Italian international only had eyes for the Wanderers’ striker, catching him with a raised elbow.
As blood ran from his mouth Santa protested to the referee but to no avail and his coach Josep Gombau followed up after the match. "He’s upset because it's not sporting, it's not good behaviour," Gombau said. "If you ask me from my position, from what I saw on TV and what Santa told me, it should’ve been a penalty, probably a red card."
Gombau cited their defeat to Adelaide United in November when the Video Assistant Referee awarded a penalty and sent off Robert Cornthwaite for a handball. "The VAR needs to be the same for everyone.”.
With skipper Matt McKay and Avraam Papadopoulos missing through suspension for Monday's clash with Sydney FC, as well as lots of injuries, Brisbane will hope the A-League judiciary doesn’t punish their star striker.
Roarboss John Aloisi doesn’t expect Maccarone to face punishment over the incident given no action was taken at the ground. "If the VAR didn’t pick it up I don't see how he can be done on that," he said.