INCREDULOUS Gold Coast coach Miron Bleiberg has accused referee Peter Green of conjuring up a late penalty to hand Sydney FC a controversial win that he says ensured A-League bosses were delivered the result they craved on Sunday night.
In an astonishing post-match rant that is sure to draw a heavy fine and/or suspension from Football Federation Australia, Bleiberg labelled Green a 'homey' (hometown) referee after the whistleblower awarded a dubious injury-time spot kick to seal Sydney's pulsating 3-2 win over Gold Coast at the SFS.
Striker Dylan Macallister was ruled to have fouled Sydney defender Michael Beauchamp inside the Gold Coast box but contact - if there was any - appeared minimal.
Karol Kisel stepped up to slot home the winner, allowing the Sky Blues to escape with maximum points after they had been 2-0 down after an hour.
Without any prompting from the media at a lively press conference, Bleiberg questioned Green's bravery and cynically added that a winning Sydney was good for FFA and the A-League.
"My feeling and my players' feeling is the referee fell for any excuse in order to give Sydney the game," he declared.
"It's good for football in Australia that Sydney are winning and close to the top. (If) that's mine and my team's contribution to the benefit of the A-League (then) so be it.
"Hopefully next time Sydney will have (a crowd of) 15,000 and then 20,000 and everybody is happy."
He then turned his full attention to Green.
"When you talk about referees there are a few types," he continued.
"Everybody was quick to slam (referee) Ben Williams about his display in Victoria (sending off two Victory players against Brisbane) but one thing you can say is the guy was brave.
"There was 25-30,000 Victorians there and he say what he say and saw what he saw. That's one type of referee, the brave one."
"The other type of referee is the one we call the 'homey' one. You know why they are the 'homey' one? Because all the time they favour the home team. Even when it's 50-50, it goes the way of the home team."
"Had this penalty (happened) in the 92nd minute of the penalty area of Sydney, would he have given it? That's what left a bitter taste in my mouth.
"Congratulations to (Sydney coach Vitezslav) Lavicka and his boys and again it's good for football in Australia. It's good Sydney won ... the Daily Telegraph will be happy, The Australian will be happy. Sydney Morning Herald will be happy."