The Brisbane Roar have all but wrapped up the A-League’s premier’s plate with a 2-1 defeat of Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium.
Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey called for the A-League to adopt goal-line technology after being denied a super-strike by Thomas Broich in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Adelaide.
The Roar were deserved victors to grab a 10-point competition lead and a take a vice-like grip on the premier’s plate but the result did not hide the injustice of Broich’s booming 25m shot on halftime being disallowed.
With Brisbane leading 1-0, the German star beat Reds goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic and the ball cannoned off the cross-bar and clearly hit the Suncorp Stadium turf over the goal line.
The officials were all more than 30m from the goal and waved play to continue.
Mulvey said it was time for Football Federation Australia to at least look at investing in the types of technology used in the English Premier League or at this year’s World Cup in Brazil.
“That technology exists and we should see if we could get it here,” he said.
“Maybe it’s a little bit pricey but things like that are things of beauty – a strike from 30m and it’s 2-0, it changes the game.
“I can be quite calm about it because we’ve won the game but there’s going to be a time, an instance, where it will cost a coach a game or a place in the finals and its not right in today’s day and age.”
Adelaide coach Josep Gombau also said the technology should be adopted to make the game more fair.
“In normal life we use technology then why not in football,” he said. “If it’s a goal, it’s a goal. Finish.
“For the referee, it’s difficult.
“These things really do help, to make the game more clean.”
The controversy overshadowed an outstanding return to form by Roar marksman Besart Berisha who scored both of Brisbane’s goals in front of a 12,514-strong crowd.
His first was laid on by classy lead-up work by Dimitri Petratos and stand-out midfielder Matt McKay, while Berisha sealed the win with a booming 20m effort in the 52nd minute.
Berisha almost finished with a hat-trick as Reds goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic pulled off a superb save in injury time before Jeronimo Neumann picked up a brilliant consolation goal at the other end moments later.
The brace puts Berisha just one goal behind Newcastle’s Adam Taggart (11) in the race for the golden boot.
Mulvey said the Melbourne Victory-bound striker would be a major loss at season’s end and implored Roar fans to keep showing their respect and appreciation.
“We understand the salary cap and that’s why Besart is moving on,” he said. “He’s repaid the faith today which we have showed in him and he’s showed he’s a true Brisbane Roar player.”