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Sydney FC manager Frank Farina embarrassed Alessandro Del Piero by subbing him out while Sydney were trying to win the derby against the Western Sydney Wanderers.
Why substitute the most technically gifted player on the team in such an emotionally driven game?
Farina later admitted the team lost its way without Del Piero.
"After it [the substitution] we couldn't keep the ball, we started knocking a lot of long balls," Farina said, per Adrian Warren at AAP (h/t Fox Sports). "[Del Piero] is never happy when he comes off the field for whatever reason, so that's football, but nothing was said at all."
So you have Farina subbing out Del Piero, Sydney losing more games (eight) than they have won (six) and Sydney chairman Scott Barlow not knowing if Del Piero wants to stay at the club.
"Alessandro is contracted with us until the end of the season, not beyond," Barlow said, as per Fairfax Media (h/t Sebastian Hassett at the Sydney Morning Herald). "We've been consistent that we'd have a conversation in January about the future and that's certainly still our plan."
Del Piero deserves better.