Football Federation Australia’s independent disciplinary and ethics committee sat in Sydney on Monday night but reserved its decision on whether to further punish Amor, who last weekend served his mandatory one-match ban for unsporting conduct towards a match official after being banished to nib Stadium’s stands.
Whether or not the committee throws the book at the Barcelona legend hinges on the force with which it believes Amor touched fourth official Adam Fielding as he protested a controversial decision that resulted in the Glory’s second goal.
The incident followed referee Jarred Gillett’s decision to award Andy Keogh’s 68th-minute goal straight after Glory captain Rostyn Griffiths was perceived to have fouled Reds goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic.
With no video evidence available, testimonies from each of the protagonists are key.
Fielding submitted a report stating “the feeling of the contact was not a tap, it was also not enough to push me over. It was sufficient to make me take a step forward”.
The usually mild-mannered Amor strongly denied pushing Fielding, arguing he merely touched him to gain his attention so he could alert Gillett to the apparent error.
FFA’s disciplinary council suggested Amor may have touched Fielding with more force than he intended while in a heightened emotional state.
Amor, represented by Reds general manager of football Ante Kovacevic, told the committee he did not understand why he’d been sent off and was confused as Fielding followed him to the bench to see through Gillett’s expulsion.
“If I had understood at that point, or even after the game, that I had committed bad behaviour I would have gone straight to the referees’ changing rooms to say sorry or ask for an explanation,” Amor said through a translator.
Video footage directly after the incident showed the frustrated coach picking up his jacket and water bottle before wagging his finger at Fielding and saying words to the effect of “you are not professional”.
Assistant coach Jacobo Ramallo said pushing a match official would be completely out of character for last season’s A-League coach of the year.
“It’s difficult for me to imagine him doing this, even to think about it,” Ramallo said.
“Being polite is easy when you’re winning but he was losing every game (at the start of) last year and he was a gentleman.”
Amor said he will accept whatever decision is handed down in the next couple of days.
Adelaide host Wellington on Sunday.
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