The night Kevin Muscat crossed the line
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Football Federation Australia and the Melbourne Victory need to take action against Kevin Muscat following the horrendous tackle on Melbourne Heart young gun Adrian Zahra.
Muscat, who had just returned from suspension, picked up his second yellow card in the dying stages of the Melbourne derby and was sent off.
Zahra left the field with his knee in bad shape. The tackle was one of the worst I’ve ever seen on a football field. Zahra was lucky to not have broken his leg.
It’s perfectly fine for Muscat to play the villain, but his latest moment of madness well and truly crossed the line.
To make matters worse, Muscat tried to convince everyone involved that he’d actually won the ball.
Muscat is meant to be the leader of, what some would say, the biggest club in the country. The tackle was not the action of a man who understands responsibility.
Zahra has been one of the bright lights of this competition and in that moment was hit by someone in the twilight of their career.
Muscat will no doubt face the wrath of the league, but is that enough?
The Victory wouldn’t be out of order suspending Muscat until the end of the season. It would be hard to see the club taking action that would hamper its own campaign, but it would send a message to the fans that they don’t stand for that type of tackle.
What type of example is Muscat setting for those around him? His actions seem to have a flow on effect to the rest of the squad, who also seem to be in disbelief every time the referee blows his whistle.
It’s a shame, but Muscat’s tackle on Zahra has the potential to define his entire career.
Let’s just hope Zahra doesn’t have his career hampered by what we saw last night.
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