PERTH Glory skipper Jacob Burns appears certain to miss Saturday night’s showdown with Newcastle at Hunter Stadium after a bizarre send-off in his team’s 2-1 loss to Central Coast on Tuesday.
Burns left the pitch in the 90th minute to receive treatment for a gashed head, sustained after an errant elbow from Mile Sterjovski.
Once the veteran was bandaged and had changed shirts, as per the regulations, he was delayed from re-entering the field by the fourth official and voiced his frustration. His outburst earned a yellow card for dissent, which followed an earlier booking for repeated infringements, and he received his marching orders.
At the time, the game was hanging in the balance at 1-1, but the Mariners snatched a 96th-minute winner via Michael McGlinchey against their 10-man opponents.
If that was not enough to infuriate Burns, he now faces the prospect of his second suspension this season.
He will serve a mandatory game on the sidelines and longer if the match-review panels feel it is warranted.
Burns said after the game that he would ask Perth to challenge any suspension.
‘‘Absolutely. I’ll do whatever I can,’’ he said.
But to have Burns’s ban overturned, Glory would need to provide evidence of ‘‘obvious error’’ by match officials.
If they cannot do that, the 35-year-old could be outed for an additional game under the ‘‘frivolous appeal’’ provisions.
Burns and Glory coach Kenny Lowe were livid with the officials after the game.
“Poor refereeing decision. First of all when I copped an elbow got split open, [I had to change] three shirts, wrapped my head up, stopped the blood, still won’t let me on,’’ Burns said. ‘‘The time’s ticking, the team needs you to be on there, the dying moments when you need to be on there and the fourth official does you for dissent so you can’t come back with a minute to go.
‘‘Mate, it’s incredibly poor. I’ve never seen that before.”
Lowe said: ‘‘I haven’t got a clue. It’s the first time I’ve seen a player sent off while he’s off the pitch.’’
Perth’s misfortune could be timely for Newcastle.
The likely loss of Burns will put further strain on a Glory line-up already without senior defenders Scott Jamieson (Achilles) and William Gallas (calf) plus prolific striker Shane Smeltz (ankle).
Newcastle, who drew 0-0 at home with Perth in round two, will be eager to capitalise against a depleted opponent who have won only once in two months.
After Sunday’s 1-0 loss in Adelaide, the Jets have slipped to fifth and will scarcely have a better opportunity to bounce back from what they labelled a ‘‘flat’’ performance.
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