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Hi5 lands Vukovic in hot water
7:18 PM Mon 25th Feb, 2008 - Sweeper
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Central Coast Mariners goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has landed himself in hot water after giving referee Mark Shields a Hi5 in the A-League Grand Final on Sunday.

Media reports are suggesting Vukovic could be slapped with a anything from a one year to a life ban for manhandling referee Shields.

Whilst not condoning the actions of Vukovic, it must be said that the standard of refereeing in the A-League has been very poor in season 2007/2008. Referee Mark Shields hardly covered himself in glory after missing a blatant and deliberate hand ball in the penalty area in the final seconds of the match on Sunday.

Immediately after the handball Shields is surrounded by several Central Coast Mariners players. Striker Petrovski appears to give Shields out-stretched hand the first Hi5. Then Vukovic follows up with a second Hi5 and starts heading back to his penalty area. Referee Shields reacts immediately showing Vukovic a red card.

Its all handbags at five paces as shown of the following video of the incident: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wBl2gsSKTk

It was a stupid action by Danny Vukovic who has subsequently apologised to Mark Shields. Lets hope the FFA take into account Vukovic's remorse and the charged grand final atmosphere and dont rub out Australia's most talented young goalkeepers for an extended period.
Source: FootballNews
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