As Kevin Muscat’s PR representatives work into overtime, Adrian Zahr will begin nursing partial damage to multiple ligaments sustained in his right knee. The apology offered by Muscat does little to quell the public’s detestation to his tackle bordering on assault. In a Sydney Morning Herald poll, 83% of voters believe Muscat should be banned for the rest of the season including finals.
Furthermore Muscat’s apology is insincere as he said his tackle was dreadfully mistimed, if he knew his tackle was dreadfully mistimed, why didn’t he accept the red card issued by referee Chris Beath? Instead of walking to Zahr to apologise, Muscat vehemently insisted he won the ball before launching into verbal tirade at Beath reminiscent of Kevin Nolan’s infamous rant at referee Mike Dean. In light of this, it’s dishonest of Muscat to say his one and only concern is the welfare of Zahr given at the time of the incident, Muscat’s one and only concern was not getting red carded.
Zahr isn’t the first victim of Muscat’s thuggery but hopefully will be the last in a career chequered with ignominy. In 1998 against Charlton, Muscat’s tackle not only broke Matthew Holmes’ tibia but effectively curtailed his career. Six years later, Holmes was awarded £250 000 in compensation by the English High court for damages inflicted by Muscat. In 1999 against Arsenal, Muscat elbowed Dennis Bergkamp leaving him with a cut lip. In 2001 against France, Muscat’s tackle from behind on Christophe Dugarry left him on sidelines for two months with ligament damages in his knee. In 2004 against Liverpool, Muscat tackled Milan Baros when the ball was out of play before grabbing his neck. In 2005 against Sydney, Muscat received a three match ban for violent conduct after studding Saso Petrovski. In 2006 against Adelaide United, Muscat entered into the Adelaide technical area and barged down manager John Kosmina who had retrieved the ball. Kosmina would receive a four match ban for grabbing Muscat’s neck in retaliation.
Muscat’s extensive footballing misdemeanours have not endeared him among his peers. Arsenal legend Ian Wright said Muscat was a low life. French World Cup winner Frank Leboeuf said Muscat was somebody that has no respect for a footballer. Birmingham City player Martin Grainger said Muscat was the most hated man in football.
Muscat once said he wasn’t in the game to make friends, he certainly won’t be making any new friends after debilitating the career of Zahr who at 19 years old is pondering if he has a future in the game.
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