Australian Cup final ends in all-out brawl after player 'tackles' ball boy

Australian soccer player gets red card after tackling a ball boy

Calls for ball boy pusher to cop lengthy ban

The FFA Cup final between Sydney FC and Adelaide United turned into a shoving match last night as players, coaches and staff clashed in an on-field melee following an incident with a ball boy.


Bobo's header in extra-time clinched Sydney FC's first FFA Cup in a thrilling 2-1 victory against Adelaide United.

As Adelaide desperately chased an equaliser, Marrone accosted a ball boy who delayed giving him the ball for a throw-in, tackling him to the ground.

Sydney's Brazilian striker Bobo scored what turned out to be the victor after 111 minutes, but there was time for some late drama to overshadow the enthralling affair after Adelaide United's Michael Marrone pushed over a ball boy who seemed determined to try and waste a few precious seconds for the home side.

"In this moment we can only say sorry".

Both Sydney FC and Adelaide United players have described Marrone's behaviour as 'out of character'.

Wild scenes ensued after the ballboy hit the ground. Pic Getty  Fox Sports
Wild scenes ensued after the ballboy hit the ground. Pic Getty Fox Sports

"It's not the character for Mickey", Kurz said afterwards.

Marrone collided with the ball boy in the closing stages of the game, sparking an angry reaction from Sydney player Matt Simon which saw both teams swarm on the sideline.

"I think the federation will hear Mickey and they will find a decision, " Kurz said.

"It's not his nature and now I hope after the talked it (the ball boy ) was OK".

When it comes to potential punishment there is no known precedent in Australia, but Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard copped a three-match ban for kicking at out a ball boy during his team's League Cup semi-final defeat to Swansea City.

In a happy ending to the unsavoury incident, the ball boy celebrated on the podium with the victorious Sydney FC players, while Michael Zullo gave the youngster his winner's medal.

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