Popovic has taken aim at the Sydney FC manager…
Western Sydney Wanderers manager Tony Popovic has slammed Graham Arnold after the Sydney FC boss suggested Wanderers’ players celebrated Ali Abbas’s injury during Saturday’s 1-1 draw.
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Arnold claimed that two Wanderers players, one being Iacopo La Rocca, high fived as Abbas was being helped from the ground after suffering a season-ending injury.
Popovic lept to the defence of his players, calling Arnold’s comments “insulting”.
“Look, I’ve been away, if he said that that’s very disappointing,” he is quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.
“I’ve known Arnie a very long time. As a club we’re insulted by that, I’m insulted personally.
“For him to suggest that is completely out of order.
“We played a derby, it was a tough challenge, not a malicious challenge, and it’s very unfortunate the player got injured.
“We’ve got a player ourselves that’s got an ACL injury. We do not wish that upon anyone, and for Arnie to suggest that is a real insult to me.”