Antony Golec is regretting getting straight on to twitter after Adelaide United last week. After some (admittedly contentious) decisions by A League referee Ben Williams, which arguably cost Adelaide United two points, Golec fired various insults across the cybersphere.
Whilst venting his frustration was ok, it was only when he questioned the referee’s sexual orientation, and used abusive homophobic language, that the FFA got involved. Golec was called into a disciplinary hearing and handed a three match ban, which is set to be extended if Golec does anything similar over the course of the rest of the season. An additional condition of the three match ban is that Golec undergoes the ‘appropriate education and counselling’ in the next few weeks.
The FFA were keen to make sure that Golec attends counselling, and tasked Adelaide with making sure this happens. “Adelaide United FC is tasked with ensuring that this is carried out in an appropriate manner. Compliance with this requirement, and accordingly whether the two-match suspension will be triggered, shall be determined by FFA in its sole discretion.”
Golec has apologeised for the matter, and personally written to the ref in question, but will still have to tread very carefully in the future.