Mark Milligan’s relegation with Bani Yas in the UAE Pro League was confirmed overnight after a 4-4 draw with Emirates.
The ex-Melbourne Victory man put in a full shift and showed his frustration late with a booking as his side blew a 4-2 lead to confirm their relegation to the second tier.
The situation leaves out-of-contract Milligan’s future uncertain, with his agent Buddy Farah confirming to FourFourTwo in March they’d choose the best option to set him up ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
“He will be on the open market for the first time in a very long time,” Farah told FourFourTwo in March.
“We will monitor it very closely and choose the best opportunity that gets him in the best shape possible for the World Cup next year.”
Bani Yas are last on the Pro League table, sitting four points from safety with one game to play.
Elsewhere on Wednesday, Connor Chapman started and played 86 minutes as bottom-placed Incheon United claimed their first win of the season, 1-0 at Sangju Sangmu in Korea’s K-League.
Matt Jurman put in a full shift for Suwon Bluewings as they defeated Pohang Steelers.
In the Japanese J.League Cup, Oliver Bozanic was replaced at the break as Ventforet Kofu lost 1-0 at home to Milos Degenek’s Yokohama F. Marinos. Degenek was absent.
Nathan Burns was an injury-time substitute as FC Tokyo defeated Consadole Sapporo 1-0.