BRISBANE Roar skipper Matt McKay appears unlikely to face any sanction over the tackle that has probably ended the season ofNewcastle’s marquee signing, Ronny Vargas.
Vargas was carried from Suncorp Stadium on a stretcher after a 64th-minute challenge from McKay during Newcastle’s 2-1 win on Sunday.
The Venezuelan was rushed to hospital for surgery to repair a broken and dislocated left ankle.
McKay was not booked by referee Matthew Conger and Brisbane coach John Aloisi declared: “We all know there was nothing in the tackle. It was hard, and we just wish him [Vargas] a good recovery and hopefully we get to see him play again.”
Aloisi said McKay was “distraught” after the incident.
CHALLENGE: Matt McKay
The A-League’s match-review panel is due to convene on Monday afternoon and has the authority to charge players if they believed an incident escaped the referee’s attention or he made a “clear and obvious error”.
In this case, it seems most agree that while McKay’s tackle was clumsy –and clearly angered Newcastle’s senior players, Nigel Boogaard and Nikolai Topor-Stanley –it was not reckless or dangerous.
It appears unlikely the MRP will cite McKay.
INJURED: Ronny Vargas
McKay got a foot on the ball and, as he burst through the tackle, knocked Vargas’s right leg off the ground. His left leg then twisted awkwardly underneath him and he immediately appealed for help.
The Jets released a statement on Monday in which coach Ernie Merrick said:“This was a terrible accident and we’re all feeling for Ron, but it was no one’s fault.”
Merrick said Newcastle-based physician Dr Neil Halpin helped arrange immediate treatment for Vargas, who had surgery on Sunday night.
“We actually had one of Brisbane’s best surgeons, Dr Jeremy Bartlett sitting in the stands and he came down straight after the incident to help safely manage Ron’s ankle,” Merrick said.
“In consultation with Dr Neil Halpin, who was already on the phone from Newcastle, Dr Bartlett left the game and operated on Ron immediately and we can’t thank him enough for his efforts.”