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Watch: Tim Cahill Sent Off Before He Can Come On As Melbourne Derby Ends In Chaos

Tim Cahill

Saturday night’s Melbourne derby between City and Victory in the A-League ended for Tim Cahill before it could even begin.

With his City side losing 2-1 in the final few minutes, Everton and Australia legend Cahill was due to come on to try to rescue something from the game.

However, he instead received his marching orders as the referee took exception to something that the 37-year-old said while preparing to come on:

Melbourne City were on course for the win with former Birmingham midfielder Neil Kilkenny putting the visitors ahead on 70 minutes. However, two quick-fire goals in the 84th and 86th minutes, courtesy of Besart Berisha and a Manny Muscat own goal in very controversial circumstances, caused chaos to ensue.

Referee Chris Beath was caught in the middle as both sides squared up to each other, and City manager Michael Valkanis’ plan to have Cahill salvage a point from the game backfired spectacularly when he was removed from the field of play without even entering it.

While what Cahill said could not be heard by the pitchside microphones, presumably it was for dissent in relation to Victory’s late winner.

(Incidentally, Victory’s manager is former Wolves and Millwall defender (and ex-teammate of Cahill) Kevin Muscat, no stranger himself to the odd red card or six.)

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.