With the worst kept secret in Australian sport now well and truly out of the bag, Australian football at an elite level appears to be just months away from being on its knees.
Wellington Phoenix have held on for a gallant 1-1 draw in the face of immense pressure from Perth Glory.
It was a match laced with controversy and tension, with the home side taking a first half lead from the boot of Roy Krishna after the Wellington press had the visitors under all sorts of pressure early on.
Perth did start a little better in the second half yet Wellington still looked in control until the sending off of substitute Ryan Lowry in the 75th minute.
It was a ridiculous decision for a player who had just entered the game and had no priors for the match.
VAR has let us all down again, especially considering the fact that the Phoenix appeared to have been denied a fair penalty in the first half which if awarded, would have seen them double the lead.
As it was, Perth bombarded the Wellington defence for the final 15 minutes and Diego Castro found the net in the 82nd minute to set up a grandstand finish.
However, even the Glory’s best efforts couldn’t find the winner and the brave Phoenix ten held on to earn a meritorious point.
The fans were furious, Mark Rudan will be furious and the home side was by far the better team on the day.
Wellington Phoenix 1, Perth Glory 1