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Amor cops extra one-game A-League ban

NZN 3 days ago Emma Kemp

Adelaide United defender Tarek Elrich has mounted a spirited defence of coach Guillermo Amor after the extension of the Spaniard's A-League touchline ban to a second game.

FFA's independent disciplinary and ethics committee handed down its decision on Wednesday, two days after hearing Amor's explanation for touching fourth official Adam Fielding following a controversial decision during the Reds' round-seven 3-1 loss to Perth.

Last season's A-League coach of the year was visibly frustrated after referee Jarred Gillett awarded Andy Keogh's 68th-minute goal straight after Glory captain Rostyn Griffiths was perceived to have fouled Reds goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic.

Amor's subsequent contact with Fielding prompted Gillett to banish him to the stands at nib Stadium.

The usually placid Barcelona legend served his mandatory one-match ban in last weekend's goalless draw with Sydney FC, but will also miss Sunday's home clash with Wellington.

He's been hit as well with a suspended two-match ban which will be activated in the event of another expulsion this season.

"The committee has zero tolerance for intentional contact with a referee or other match official," the determination read.

"In this case, the committee finds there was contact of a kind which should not have occurred."

With no video evidence or witnesses available, testimonies from each of the protagonists were key in deciding Amor's punishment.

Fielding submitted a report stating "sufficient to make me take a step forward".

At his hearing on Monday night, Amor strongly denied pushing Fielding, arguing he merely touched him to gain his attention so he could alert Gillett to the apparent error.

Nevertheless, the committee found "the contact was more than a tap on the shoulder".

"Mr Amor frankly conceded that he is not in a position to deny that he may have used two hands and that he may have placed them on the back of the fourth official," said the determination.

The ruling surprised Elrich, who observed Amor was not usually an animated sideline figure.

"That game especially, that foul against Eugene, any coach would have got angry in that instance," Elrich said.

"For him to lose it, I have never seen it ... I was pretty surprised he got sent off because I've seen coaches go off to the fourth officials and nothing happens."

Elrich put his faith in assistant Pau Marti to guide the Reds against the Phoenix on Sunday, when the defending champions hope to turn last weekend's morale-boosting display into a first win of the season.

"Everyone is on the same page - the coach and players," he said.

"Pau does exactly as Guillermo would have done."

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