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Kurz banned for Reds return

Kurz had used “offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures against a match official”, the panel ruled, imposing the minimum sentence.

It was deemed that the manner of Kurz’s expletive-fuelled tirade rather than the actual words themselves had constituted the greater offence.

“He cannot participate on the bench or be involved in any game day activity. He can’t use a mobile phone to be in touch with coaches who are pitch-side either,” said head of the A-League Greg O’Rourke.

Kurz has displayed plenty of pitch-side emotion in the past, having received yellow cards earlier in his Australian coaching career.

Salvachua was working at Victory before Kurz became coach, having been Kevin Muscat’s assistant, while Tapalovic, a German-born former Croatian international, worked with Kurz at Adelaide United.

Meanwhile, Victory is firming as a likely destination for former star Marco Rojas if he continues his career in the A-League.

Melbourne City were pursuing him, while Western United were said to be in the hunt. But sources there believe he is more likely to ink a deal with Victory than anyone else.

Victory already have their quota of five foreigners this season (Rojas is a New Zealander) but there have been reports that two of them, Kristijan Dobras and Jakob Poulsen, have been told they can leave.

One would need to depart to free up room for Rojas to join, but any wages they earned would remain in the salary cap for this season. That would mean any deal for the Kiwi international would likely have to be back-ended with higher wages next season.

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