Update. Misconduct by Manny Muscat

Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 13:46

Manny Muscat hot tempered in pre season friendly

by Ssndro Micallef

Update 4.45pm

Following the incidents in the match against Newcastle Jets in Weston on Saturday night, the Wellington Phoenix club has taken strong disciplinary steps to ensure that it does not happen again.

General Manager David Dome said that the Club has taken the incidents very seriously.

“Notwithstanding the play that led to the incidents, the Club in no way condones any kind of retribution or fighting in a match. It is totally unacceptable and we have taken action immediately following the match.”

The three players who were red carded in the match – Manny Muscat, Ben Sigmund and Andrew Durante – have all been fined and depending on sanctions handed out by the FFA will be stood down for some of the upcoming games on the pre-season tour of India.

Coach Ricki Hebert has also been very strong in his condemnation of the events. Dome says that Herbert has taken a strong line with the players.

“The day after the match Herbert addressed the entire squad and expressed his displeasure. He was unequivocal that incidents of this type will not be accepted by any player regardless of their seniority in the team” Dome says.

Herbert has also spoken individually to the three players involved.

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Malta’s International player Manny Muscat was involved in a fight that broke out during a friendly match between Newcastle Jets e Wellington Phoenix.

Muscat who was fielded in the first eleven with his no 2 jersey has been reported to have tackled an opponent and then immediataley hit him on his head when both were on the floor.

Muscat was eventually sent off and will be suspended for 4 games following the report of the Referee.

A sport site reported: 2012-13 season pre-season friendly game between Hyundai A-League clubs Newcastle Jets and the Wellington Phoenix results in a on-field meelee after the Jet’s Brazilian import Tiago collided with Wellington’s #2 Manny Muscat. In the ensuing tussle, Muscat is clearly seen punching Tiago on the ground, prompting pushing and shoving from both sides. With both sides now involved, Wellington’s Ben Sigmund is seen sprinting in and shoulder charging a Newcastle Player, while Tiago takes a swing and connects with Manny Muscat.

The game was stopped for 5 minutes while the referee’s calmed the players down, and debated amongst each other what to do. In the end 3 players were red carded and discipline action from the FFA (Football Federation Australia) is likely, despite it being a pre-season friendly, and not a competition game.

The players sent off:
Tiago Calvano: (Newcastle Jets)
Manny Muscat: (Wellington Phoenix)
Ben Sigmund: (Wellington Phoenix)

Watch Manny Muscat’s tackle –





1 Comment

  1. Marvin Vella says:

    Excuse me. I’m just seeing the video and if you have a pair of eyes one can tell that it’s the opponent who tried to break muscats leg. As an ex player I think manny reaction in hitting out at the player is understandable. That tackle could have finished his career.

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