Ball boy sparks brawl that mars Australian football cup final

Australia's Molly Strano is bowled during yesterday's T20 Ashes loss at Manuka Oval

The youngster caused controversy when he refused to give the ball back during the final moments of the match between Sydney FC and Adelaide United.

During extra-time, Adelaide was trailing 2-1 when they earned a throw-in close to the halfway line.

With Adelaide desperately needing a goal to keep the game alive, Marrone rushed over to the ball boy to get the ball back, tackling him to the ground.

"Mickey obviously wanted to get the game going quicker", Simon said.

The late drama marred an end to a thrilling cup final which saw Marrone being shown the red card for his part in starting the rumpus.

United boss Marco Kurz apologised to the ball boy on behalf of his club, and said Marrone's actions were out of character.

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

"Now that incident mars the great reputation for soccer, and I'm sorry, this is very very hard but that guy needs to be rubbed out of the sport for a long time".

Furious Sydney FC opponent Matt Simon grabbed Marrone and a melee ensued, before Marrone was given his marching orders.

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

There is no known precedent in Australia, though Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard copped a three-match ban for violent conduct after kicking out at a ball boy in 2013.

After the game, Sydney star Michael Zullo felt obliged to hand his winner's medal over to the ball boy and the young boy was even allowed to lift the trophy in the presentation ceremony.

But the defending A-League champs reclaimed a decisive lead in the 111th minute when Bobo headed in.



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