Racial Abuse Claim Spoils Big A-League Weekend

The top of the A-League table is heating up.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

An action packed Round 11 of A-League action was tarnished on Sunday when an Adelaide fan racially vilified Wellington player Paul Ifill.

Adelaide, and the police, are searching for the fan Ifill said hurled abuse at him, but the former Crysal Palace, Millwall and Sheffield United midfielder didn’t want to discuss the matter as his team left South Australia today on route for New Zealand after Sunday’s 3-1 loss.

Here are some of Ifill's tweet after yesterday's action.

On a better note for Adelaide, Argentine Marcelo Carrusca played brilliantly against the Phoenix, scoring two goals and assisting the other. The former Galatasaray attacker was fantastic in scoring from a 25-yard free-kick for his first before lobbing the ball over the Wellington defence to set up Fabio Ferreira.

The win keeps Adelaide in contention against league leaders Central Coast as the Mariners too enjoyed a successful weekend with a 2-0 win over Melbourne Heart on Friday night.

The win has the Mariners (26 points) a single point ahead of Adelaide after 11 matches. Socceroos Matt Ryan and Tomas Rogic returned to the line-up after the nation’s successful bid at the East Asian Cup qualifiers last week while Pedj Bojic was able to lift his side over the Heart with a lucky strike.

Bojic fired from an angle 26 metres from home and saw his attempt sail directly to the keeper Clint Bolton who let the ball slip through not only his hands, but his legs too. The 37-year-old was also fairly unreactive when a Bojic free-kick 20 minutes later sailed again through the goal.

Rogic was fantastic in the middle in his return and was probably the man of the match.

Last year’s finalists the Perth Glory bounced back with a 3-0 win over Emile Hesky’s Newcastle Jets also on Friday night.

Travis Dodd provided goals either side of the half while Shane Smeltz nailed a penalty. It was Perth’s first win since Round 5, a win which also came against Newcastle.

Melbourne Victory failed to capitalise on their third spot on the league table, mangaaging just a draw against light weights Brisbane.

Ben Halloran put the lowly Roar up in the 24th minute, but a powerful reply just after half-time ensured the Victory scored a point to remain in finals contention.

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