Ball-Boy Tackled By Adelaide United Player In Extra-Time, Gets Sent Off And Sparks Mass Brawl
There's a reason why this ball-boy was brought on stage to celebrate Sydney FC's title success after a dramatic 2-1 win.
After a tense and feisty affair in normal time, the FFA Cup Final between Sydney FC and Adelaide United went to extra-time. Both teams went all out to secure the win but in the 114th minute, a mass brawl ensued.
In a moment of madness shortly after they conceded the winner, Adelaide United defender Michael Marrone literally tackled a ball-boy in front of the subs bench.
As you can see in the below footage, shit proceeded to hit the fan.
Credit: 7 News Adelaide
Marrone now faces the prospect of being banned for a long period after the incident that sparked such a huge reaction from players and staff.
Shortly after the final-whistle Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz apologised on behalf of Marrone via The Brisbane Times:
"I can only say sorry and Micky is very down. I think he spoke with the boy after the game and he's OK, it's not his nature and I hope after the talk it was OK but from my side and also from the players' side, we'll say sorry,"
Agree Michael Marrone shouldn't have touched the ball boy but absolutely no malice there. And not sure why ball wasn't thrown back immediately...- TomRehn9 (@tomrehn9) November 21, 2017
How is the ball boy who was in that incident in the game with the trophy with a title winning medal? @FFACup- Expand the A-League (@ExpandALeague) November 21, 2017
Seems odd that this could happen it's as if they support the fact that he held the ball up. Which a player got sent off for trying to retrieve the ball #FFACupFinal pic.twitter.com/qXXMz7ZHDL
As Sydney FC celebrated their cup final win, defender Michael Zullo decided to give the ball-boy who was involved in the controversial incident his winners medal.
The ball-boy even lifted the trophy with players, which sparked plenty of reaction on social media.
As if that ball boy gets a medal :joy: deserves a roundhouse kick to the head if anything. #SYDvADL- Dylan J. D'Agostino (@dagostinodylan) November 21, 2017
Ball boy should be sacked, Marrone red card correct. Both in wrong, crazy that ballboy rewarded with medal and cup celebrations #FFACupFinal- Daryn McCleave (@scunny32) November 21, 2017
I'm a Sydney Fc fan that was at the game. Ball Boy was wrong and his elevated status from the Sydney team (medal, up on stage) was worse.- LB (@MsBee77) November 22, 2017
Lol how about that ball boy. Cheats and doesn't give ball back to Marrone. Gets an FFA cup medal and also lifts FFA Cup! Inspirational #FFACupFinal- James Danos (@JamesDanos) November 22, 2017
Only in Australia does this sort of amateurish stuff happen. This would never happen in any league or competition around the world. How can anyone take football seriously here when we are letting a ball boy go up on stage, receive a medal and lift the trophy? #FFACupFinal- Daniel Carr (@danieljcarrr) November 21, 2017
Thoughts on the incident involving Adelaide United defender Michael Marrone and the ball-boy? Does he deserve a ban?
Let us know in the comments.