Sydney FC has added another piece of silverware to the club's bulging cabinet with a 2-1 win over Adelaide United in the FFA Cup final, but the match was overshadowed by a shocking incident that saw Adelaide defender Michael Marrone red-carded deep in extra-time.
That prompted Sydney sub Matt Simon to step in and defend the culprit, sparking a brawl between both sets of players, coaches and security staff.
His actions went down like a lead balloon, and infuriated Adelaide defender Michael Marrone so much that he tackled to boy vigorously in an attempt to retrieve it.
"It's not the character for Mickey", Kurz said afterwards.
"There was emotion on both sides, I was trying to calm him".
After the match, a more composed Simon labelled the whole fracas "a heat-of-the-moment thing".
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Marsh is still concerned regarding his stiff back and following an incomplete practice session before the matchday. Australia dropped Matthew Renshaw for the series and do not have any other opener in the side as a result.
"The ball boy held the ball and Mickey wanted to get it back into play quickly, and he took things into his own hands".
Adelaide coach Marco Kurz said the incident was out of character for Marrone, apologising for the incident.
"Mickey is a very quiet boy". I think he spoke with the boy after the game.
The Sky Blues and Adelaide United couldn't be separated in normal time after Nikola Mileusnic cancelled out Milos Nikovic opener, with the game heading to extra time to determine who would take home the FFA Cup Trophy.
"It's not his nature and I hope now after the talk it was okay, but from me and the players, we say sorry".
While there are no precedents in Australia for such charges, Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard was banned for three games for violent conduct after kicking out at a ball boy in 2013.