Sydney FC stands by Brett Emerton

Sydney FC vehemently refutes a question raised in a Sydney newspaper today over a foul committed against Brett Emerton in Saturday night’s clash with the Central Coast at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Sydney FC vehemently refutes a question raised in a Sydney newspaper today over a foul committed against Brett Emerton in Saturday night-s clash with the Central Coast at the Sydney Football Stadium.

Emerton was clearly fouled by Mariners substitute Adrian Pellegrino in the 87th minute with referee Strebre Delovski awarding a free kick, which Emerton spectacularly curled into the top right hand corner the net.

A question was raised regarding the validity of the free kick, to which Sydney FC CEO Dirk Melton has the following comment to make.

“After the issue was raised in a Sydney newspaper we have looked at the footage of the incident and we believe Brett has done nothing wrong and was clearly fouled by Adrian Pellegrino,” Melton said.

“Pellegrino left his leg in a tackle after Brett had moved past him and lashed out, clearly kicking him on the calf.

“Strebre Delovski waited to see if there was advantage and when there wasn-t he can be seen pointing back to the first foul for a free kick.

“It saddens me greatly that Brett-s character has been brought into question. Since his return from the EPL I-m not sure if he has even had a day off as his work in trying to promote the game within the broader community on behalf of SFC has been exhaustive, leading to the FFA recently selecting him as their game wide ‘Community Ambassador-.”