Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson says he’s happy for Jarred Gillet to officiate next week’s Grand Final Rematch between Perth Glory and Brisbane Roar at Patersons Stadium.
Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson says he-s happy for Jarred Gillet to officiate next week-s Grand Final Rematch between Perth Glory and Brisbane Roar at Patersons Stadium.
Gillet, who was in charge of the 2012 Hyundai A-League Grand Final between the two sides, awarded Brisbane a penalty in the 95th minute of the game. Controversy followed, when it was revealed that Gillet-s partner works for the Roar-s media department.
“He refereed our (friendly) game on Saturday against Melbourne Heart, so I have no problem at all,” Ferguson said.
“I thought, again, he handled that reasonably well. The crowd’s obviously not going to agree with everything, coaches are not going to agree with everything referees do.
“I have nothing against the referee. In my opinion, he made a mistake, but we get on with it.
“Banning him for certain games I don-t think is the right way to go about it.
“You look at the whole game and how he refereed the game and I thought he handled it really well. It was just that one mistake…he didn-t do it deliberately to give Brisbane Roar the game.
“It was something he-d seen and he-s obviously given a penalty, but for him to referee any of our games in the future, I don-t have any problem with that.”
With the blockbuster against Brisbane Roar just 12 days away, Ferguson said the focus now was clearly on this season
“We need to concentrate on getting a good start in the league and not actually thinking about the Grand Final,” he added.
“We-re at home but they-re a very good outfit, so it-s going to be a very tough game for us.
“I-ll probably discuss it, but not at too much length. I-ll be the letting the players know it-s a massive game for us and they beat us in the Grand Final, but really they got the better of us last season.
“They beat us on two occasions and we got a draw before they beat us in the Grand Final.”
Perth Glory goalkeeper Danny Vukovic was part of the Perth Glory team that lost to Brisbane. He, like the rest of the squad, is looking forward to the rematch and was clearly in a cheeky mood when asked what sort of reception, Brisbane Grand Final hero Besart Berisha can expect.
“I think he’s going to get a standing ovation, obviously,” Vukovic joked.
“It’s going to be pretty brutal for him out there but it’s to be expected. There was a lot of controversy surrounding him and the Grand Final and I’m sure he’s a big enough player to handle all that.”
The Grand Final Rematch between Perth Glory and Brisbane Roar is 12 days away. The countdown continues.
PERTH GLORY V BRISBANE ROAR
Sunday, October 7
Patersons Stadium, Subiaco