It’s one of the great ones, coming as it did at the end of a final. Perth Now with the story:
PERTH Glory lost a scandalous A-League Grand Final after Brisbane Roar star Besart Berisha won a horror penalty in the 95th minute and converted the spot kick to seal a 2-1 victory.
Temperamental Roar striker Berisha was the hero for the Roar, scoring a late brace after Glory had led 1-0 until the 83rd minute to be within touching distance of a fairytale championship.
It was unclear whether Berisha simply lost balance after an air swing in the box, or blatantly dived in a cynical attempt to con referee Jarred Gillett.
Devastated Glory captain Jacob Burns blasted the decision, saying it was clearly not a penalty, while Berisha claimed he had been touched before going down.
“These knee-jerk decisions cost you cups,” a gutted Burns said.
“I feel like I’ve been robbed there with the decision, it cost us the Grand Final.
Apparently the referee was a 25 year-old, whose career is likely finished. If you want to read a deliciously snarky op-ed on the state of the A-League following the final, click here.