Terry Antonis made headlines in Sydney FC's 2-1 win for all the wrong reasons, suffering a knee injury due to the uneven surface of the ground.

Kevin Muscat said after the match that the A-League's decision to accept sub-standard pitches was part of the reason other codes and the non-football public hold the league see the game with "contempt". 

In response, Head of the A-League, Greg O'Rourke, said they recognised the problem with the SCG pitch and would try to ensure it didn't happen again, while also admitting that the league's review body had found the pitch to be playable before the match.

“Last night’s conditions were unacceptable," he said.

"If we are not confident that the ground will improve significantly then alternate venues would be sought in the future for Sydney FC home matches.

“Whilst FFA understands the current demands on the surface, which now sees five codes using the ground, it appears that the needs of our code around surface condition may not be able to be met, despite the best intentions of all parties.

“The processes we have in place approved the surface last night as playable and safe. These processes include pitch inspections in the days leading up to the game and on game day by Sydney FC, SCG, the match commissioner and the referees.”

O'Rourke also made special mention of Antonis, before acknowledging that different processes will hopefully be established by next season and with future expansion teams.

“It goes without saying, we wish Terry Antonis a quick return to playing,” he said.

“We will sit down tomorrow and review the decision leading up to last night’s game. If we are not comfortable with the process undertaken, we will have no hesitation in finding a better way for next season.

“We are committed to working towards playing on fewer venues which host multiple codes.

"Expansion teams Western United and South West MacArthur will both have minimal use from other codes in their stadiums in the long term, which is what we all need to work towards."