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WSW boss Popovic cited for referee jibe

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/11/2016 Michael Ramsey

Popovic has the opportunity to provide a submission in his defence before Thursday but may be suspended or fined if found guilty of breaching the code. © Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images Popovic has the opportunity to provide a submission in his defence before Thursday but may be suspended or fined if found guilty of breaching the code. Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic is facing a possible suspension or fine after questioning the integrity of an A-League referee.

Popovic on Monday was cited under the FFA's code of conduct after taking aim at referee Jared Gillett following his side's 3-0 loss to Melbourne Victory on Saturday night.

Gillett decided against awarding a penalty to Western Sydney when Jason Geria crudely tackled Jumpei Kasakumi in the box.

Replays showed the young full-back missed the ball and fouled the Japanese attacker.

The Wanderers boss made pointed reference to the club's record with Gillett in the middle - just one win in the last 11 games - suggesting "maybe it's just a coincidence".

But he couldn't contain himself when discussing the incident - which Victory coach Kevin Muscat agreed was worthy of a spot kick.

"If that's not a penalty, they should book him for diving," Popovic said during his post-match interview on Fox Sports.

"It was a clear penalty. There will not be a clearer one this year in the A-League.

"They're game-changers (but) we have to move on. They'll explain themselves and move on as well. We'll do what we can do better and hopefully they will too."

Popovic has the opportunity to provide a submission in his defence before Thursday but may be suspended or fined if found guilty of breaching the code.

Victory boss Muscat was last month fined $5000 over comments made following his side's FFA Cup semi-final loss to Melbourne City.

Muscat was furious that the opening goal to City's Luke Brattan was allowed to stand, despite Tim Cahill being in an offside position, saying that "at least the FFA gets the result they want."

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