Brisbane Roar apologise to fans for 'disappointing and unacceptable' game
The Brisbane Roar have issued a public apology to their fans and kit supplier following the embattled A-League club's horror AFC Champions League loss on Tuesday night.
The Roar were upset 3-2 by unfancied Filipino outfit Ceres-Negros, who are just two weeks into preseason training.
But the real embarrassment came when Eric Bautheac was stranded on the sideline for more than five minutes without a shirt to wear after the No. 22 fell off his jersey.
It left Brisbane with just 10 men on the park in comical scenes that have been slammed by all-comers on social media.
Denied when attempting to return in the No. 30, the Frenchman was finally allowed back on the field wearing a jersey with the No.77 shoddily taped up to look like a 22.
His was one of a number of Roar jerseys to suffer the same fate, with Ivan Franjic's own No. 77 also threatening to fall off in the final stages of the game.
A paltry crowd of just 1,279 turned up to watch the Roar at the cavernous Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre, with the jubilant cries of the Filipino club's players, staff and tiny support crew all that could be heard on the full-time whistle.
A club statement on Wednesday labelled the Roar's performance "disappointing and unacceptable" while it also shifted any blame away from kit supplier Umbro.
"The club disappointed many people and embarrassed ourselves with the presentation of numbering on our orange jersey," the statement read.
Roar managing director David Pourre said: "Brisbane Roar FC respects the right of individuals who support the club to express their dissatisfaction with the current situation.
"We must, and we will continue to strive for the high standards expected of our club."
Brisbane coach John Aloisi could only shrug when asked why there were no spare shirts on the sideline.
Brisbane Roar are a team in the A-League, Australia's top tier of football and yes, their numbers are taped on... pic.twitter.com/stZG9DUUth— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) January 23, 2018
"I don't know, I don't do the jerseys ... what, do you want me to do everything?" he asked.
It is understood Aloisi called a meeting with players on Wednesday morning, having taken aim at what he described as an unprofessional and complacent effort on Tuesday night.
Former Roar favourite Besart Berisha, now with Melbourne Victory, said he hoped his old club could "get better."
"As an ex-player I'm a little bit disappointed to be honest, especially with what happened last night," he said.
"They have to figure it out themselves ... it's not good."
The Roar sit eighth with four wins and four draws from 17 starts in the A-League season, but still only three points adrift of the top six.
"They've got an opportunity now to turn it around with 10 remaining games, and we've still got finals to play for," Aloisi said.
"It's up to them if they want to be a Brisbane Roar player or they don't ... tonight was unacceptable, that's not a Brisbane Roar player."