Bleiberg backs down, apologises
OUTSPOKEN Gold Coast United coach Miron Bleiberg has apologised for his extraordinary verbal attack on referee Peter Green.
Bleiberg let fly at Green's decision-making after Sydney FC came from two goals down to snatch a dramatic victory against United at the Sydney Football Stadium.
Sensing his side had been at the mercy of Green's 'homey' officiating, Bleiberg refused to pull any punches in the post-match interview.
"You know why the 'homey' one? Because all the time they (referees) favour the home team. Even when it's 50-50, it goes the way of the home team," Bleiberg said.
"I bet with you when I go home and you go home and you watch the throw-in that led to the second goal, you can watch it 200 million times, it maybe 50-50 but it was never a throw in for Sydney."
Bleiberg's impression of Green is long-standing, with the United coach also remarking on the whistle-blower's performance when United met the Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium.
"(Green) did the same thing to me two weeks ago when we played against the Roar," Bleiberg said.
"The foul that led to the first goal, it was never a foul."
However, less than 24-hours after his initial comments, Bleiberg tried to back down from his original stance and apologised for any harm his attack may have caused.
"What you say 24 minutes after the game is not what you would say 24 hours after the game and if I had time to evaluate what I was going to speak about then on reflection I would have expressed myself differently," he said.
"We lost a goal and lost the game in the final 30 seconds of the contest and naturally my emotions and disappointment were running very high at that time, just as they were in our dressing room.
"Perhaps my emotions got the better of me and if I offended anyone then I apologise for that. It was more an expression of disappointment made in the heat of the moment."