Israel worldwide Tomer Hemed has scored a brace to salvage Wellington Phoenix a 2-2 draw against A-League leaders Melbourne Metropolis.
Hemed opened the scoring from the penalty discipline within the 37th minute sooner than Naoki Tsubaki equalised, then Jamie Maclaren put Metropolis in entrance late with a phenomenal free kick.
The Wellington striker had the final scream when delivered a second of acrobatic brilliance to volley home the equaliser from a David Ball immoral within the 88th minute – salvaging a fundamental point within the Phoenix’s push for finals.
But it absolutely used to be Hemed’s aim celebrations that proved a speaking point, with the Israel worldwide booked for his antics following his dramatic winner.
Hemed pulled a kippah (skullcap) – which had been taped to his shoulder – out from below his shirt and put it on, then put one quit his face and pointed the loads of in the direction of the sky.
FIFA principles dictate a participant have to aloof be cautioned for covering the head or face with veil or similar merchandise.
Hemed had earlier accepted his first aim by draping an Israeli flag from supporters within the crowd spherical himself.
Wellington coach Ufuk Talay stated he hadn’t viewed Hemed’s occasion for the second aim as he used to be celebrating himself and used to be unwilling to statement on whether it used to be spoiled.
He expected it to be reviewed.
“I’m sure we are going to glimpse at it as a club and the federation will glimpse at it as neatly.
“But glimpse, on the discontinue of the day I will be succesful of no longer control as soon as the gamers are on the sector, what they attain.”
Talay praised Hemed’s on-field impact, in particular within the absence of captain Ulises Davila (hamstring) and skilled defender Steven Taylor (gastro).
The Phoenix will subsequent be lend a hand in action of their prolonged-awaited return to Wellington for subsequent Saturday’s have to-steal conflict with Western United.
Within the interim, Metropolis coach Patrick Kisnorbo stated he did no longer regret making made six changes to the crew that beat Adelaide United on Thursday – or adjusting his formation.
Maclaren used to be among 5 celebrated starters benched whereas Connor Metcalfe wore the captain’s armband for the first time.
Metropolis are 9 parts clear of second-positioned Central Wing with four games to switch.
“I produce no longer regret something,” Kisnorbo stated.
“We had a transient turnaround, there were some gamers that wished to be rested.
“… I desired to glimpse and take a look at something (formation-wise). It did no longer work to the capability I wished it nevertheless we had one day to prepare.
“So or no longer it is a finding out curve for me to are attempting to toughen that and glimpse how it essentially works again, likely.”