Here at Kickscribe we love a good record. Whether it’s undefeated streaks, player records or club records. It’s rare to have an A-League record broken but that’s exactly what we’ve got in Round 8 of the 2017-18 A-League season. Earlier this week we spoke about Matt Simon receiving his first red in his 200+ game A-League career and while we don’t condone his reaction or Avraam Papadopoulos spitting, but they contributed greatly to his record.
Melbourne Victory’s Mark Milligan, Melbourne City’s Osama Malik, Simon, Papadopoulos, Western Sydney’s Robbie Cornthwaite, and Adelaide’s Ben Garuccio all received red cards this week which sets the record for the most amount of red cards handed out in a single round with six.
You have to go back to Round 18 of the 2012-13 season to see the last time five red cards were shown. In that round Tiago Calvano and Fabio were sent off for Sydney FC, Western Sydney’s Jerome Polenz, Wellington’s Tony Lochhead and Newcastle’s Sam Gallaway were all sent off.
Obviously coaches and teams of the players who were sent off this week won’t be particularly happy, especially John Aloisi who is set to be without Papadopoulos for a number of weeks, but for the fans and the neutrals we can see that we witnessed A-League history.
For the record, four is in third place, four reds have been shown in a single round five times in the A-League’s 13-year history. Oh and also, Adelaide United handed Western Sydney their first defeat of the season with a 2-0 win thanks to a brace from Ryan Kitto leaving Josep Gomabu winless from two matches.
— Fox Sports Lab (@FoxSportsLab) November 26, 2017
If the Ref cant see that is a RED card straight away he shouldnt be on the field. #ADLvWSW
— Behind the Game (@behindthegamefc) November 26, 2017