September 12, 2019 by admin
BROADMEADOW Magic teenager Michael Kantarovski has sensationally been suspended for the Northern NSW State League grand final against Hamilton Olympic after a referee’s paperwork error from more than two weeks ago was discovered yesterday.
Kantarovski, 17, received a yellow card in the 2-1 preliminary final win over Edgeworth on Sunday, but Broadmeadow believed it was his first of the finals and he would be free to play in the decider.
Two yellow cards in the finals lead to a one-game ban.
Heading into the Eagles match, Magic asked for and received a print-out of yellow-card offenders from NNSWF.
Broadmeadow believed Kantarovski, who wears number 15, had been booked in the 3-2 win over the Jets two weeks earlier, but centre back Jon Griffiths, who wears 14, was listed by referee Tim McGilchrist as the offender.
Magic coach Damien Smith said the club had told NNSWF of the discrepancy before the match against Edgeworth but were told to ‘‘go off’’ the yellow-card sheet provided.
After the match, Magic asked NNSWF to investigate their players’ yellow-card situation due to fears over Griffiths.
During the investigation, McGilchrist said he had erred after the Jets-Magic match in marking Griffiths on the team sheet as having a yellow card instead of Kantarovski.
Smith said Magic were upset a referee’s error had played a role in denying Kantarovski a grand final.
‘‘We went into the game last weekend altering our game plan knowing that Jonny Griffiths was on a yellow card and Kantarovski wasn’t,’’ Smith said. ‘‘It’s no error of ours.
‘‘We got the print-out and our players were aware of it going into the game. We told Griff to be careful and Michael that you’re not on a yellow, and if you need to make a challenge, you can make it.’’
Kantarovski, the youngest brother of Jets midfielder Ben Kantarovski, has become a key starting player for Magic.
Smith said losing Kantarovski was a blow for Magic, who have captain John Bennis (ankle) and Peter Haynes (shoulder) in doubt.
‘‘He’s been our most consistent performer the last two weeks,’’ Smith said
NNSWF operations manager Alan Nisbet said there was no grounds to appeal against a yellow-card ban due to special circumstances.
‘‘Unfortunately the referee has erred, but the fact is Michael has received two yellow cards and he has to sit out the next game,’’ Nisbet said.
He said Magic might have picked up the error immediately after the qualifying final against the Jets had their manager signed the team sheet.
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