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Brandan was pushed, North touched: JVS

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/12/2016 Emma Kemp

Melbourne City coach John van `t Schip has accused A-League referees of making inconsistent decisions around incidents involving simulation following Fernando Brandan's dive during Friday night's heated 1-1 draw with Sydney FC.

A week after slamming Brisbane defender Jade North for diving in a brazen attempt to get City captain Bruno Fornaroli sent off, van `t Schip leapt to the defence of his own player's similar antics and suggested Sydney defender Rhyan Grant should have been penalised over the pair's clash at ANZ Stadium.

Twenty minutes after scoring a superb long-range goal, the Argentine collapsed and held his face after Grant's hand had pushed the back of his head.

While acknowledging Brandan overreacted, van `t Schip said the scenario was different to North's dive because "that was touching and this was pushing".

"Is it allowed to push someone away with his (Grant) hand? It's not allowed," van `t Schip said.

"Then maybe he (Brandan) reacts in a way that's a bit too much, but you have to keep your hands away."

It's reignited the raging debate over diving and sparked more calls to eradicate it from the Australian game.

"I think you guys should write about that, rather than me talk about it," Sydney coach Graham Arnold said.

"It's frustrating, and I feel sorry for the refs.

"They have a really tough job -- you've got to have eyes in the back of your head and the side of your head because everything's happening."

Van `t Schip said it was simply part of the world game and put the onus on match officials to ensure their judgement wasn't clouded by the focus on play-acting.

He suggested Fornaroli no longer received free kicks because of accusations the Uruguayan striker had a habit of staging for free kicks and penalties.

"It's a world game," van `t Schip said.

"You can't change the game that's being played all over the world. If you go to the World Cup, if you look in Spain, Italy and South America, that's part of the game.

"That's where you have to be consistent as a referee to make good judgements.

"I understand it's not always easy, but the overreacting sometimes doesn't mean there was no foul."

Adding to van't Schip's unhappiness was the decision to award Bobo a soft penalty that allowed Sydney to equalise, which he said amounted to compensation for Josh Brillante's red card.

He also felt the Brazilian striker, who went down after minimal contact from Michael Jakobsen, should have been sent off minutes earlier for a late studs-up tackle on Ivan Franjic.

Arnold was adamant the penalty call was correct and claimed not to have seen Bobo's yellow-carded challenge.

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