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Ref controversy shrouds A-League Rd 7

NZN 20/11/2016 Matt Encarnacion

Three separate refereeing controversies, including one that involved the banishment of a coach to the stands, have marred the seventh round of the A-League season.

First Western Sydney striker Kerem Bulut was robbed of a breakthrough goal in his side's 1-1 draw with Melbourne City after incorrectly being ruled offside in the second half on Friday.

The maligned local boy, who has yet to score in a frustrating start to the season, enjoyed a 30-second celebration with the Red and Black Bloc before realising his goal was denied.

The incident proved a costly one for the inconsistent Wanderers, who escaped with a share of the spoils courtesy of an injury-time own goal cancelling Tim Cahill's second half goal.

Then Adelaide coach Guillermo Amor's season plunged to further depths when he was sent to the stands for coming into contact with the fourth official in his side's 3-1 defeat to Perth.

Amor was furious with the decision to award Glory striker Andy Keogh a goal despite goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic being floored in a midair clash with Perth's Rostyn Griffiths.

Amor touched fourth official Adam Fielding on the back of the arm in a bid to get his attention.

"My problem is the language. When you don't speak good, some language, normally you use the hands, and the movement. And this is normal," Amor said after the game.

Perth coach Kenny Lowe empathised with his counterpart, saying he'd be "screaming blue murder" if it happened to his side, but were victors off the back of Keogh's brace.

In the third game of the round, ladder leaders Sydney FC's perfect start to the season ended after wasting a glut of opportunities against Brisbane on Saturday.

Josh Brillante's first-half rocket was cancelled by Thomas Kristensen, however the Sky Blues failed to take advantage of a dominant second half, ending their six-game winning run.

But that too didn't finish without controversity, with Sydney FC defender Rhyan Grant staying on the pitch after picking up what some believed was his second yellow of the match.

In the final match of the weekend, ten-man Central Coast held off a fast-finishing Newcastle team to share the spoils 1-1 in an entertaining local derby at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Saturday's fixture between Wellington and Melbourne Victory was postponed to an undetermined date due to earthquake damage at Westpac Stadium.

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