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Boogard the A-League's new bad boy

No A-League player has copped more straight red cards than Adelaide United defender Nigel Boogard.

But his coach Josep Gombau says the rough-edged Boogard doesn't need to change his ways despite being marched again in Saturday night's 2-1 home loss to Newcastle Jets.

Boogard was sent off for a crude tackle on the Jets' marquee man, Emile Heskey.

It was the second time in five games that Boogard has been given a straight red card, following his lunging tackle on Perth Glory's Daniel de Silva in the season-opener.

Boogard has joined new Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat as the A-League's unrivalled bad boys: both have received straight reds five times, the most in the league's history.

Boogard will miss Adelaide's away fixture against Perth next Saturday but Gombau, asked if the evergreen defender had to change his style, said: "No, no."

"The players say he touched the ball. But it's a red card - again," Gombau said post-match.

"He cannot play next week ... we will play other players."

Heskey, who came from the bench with 25 minutes remaining in his comeback from a knee injury, was felled by the dangerous Boogard tackle, which drew an angry reaction from Newcastle players.

The Reds defender was instantly red-carded by referee Strebre Delovski, who deemed it serious foul play.

Jets coach Gary van Egmond said he didn't see Boogard's horror tackle.

"All I saw was Emile go down. I saw the reaction of the ref, I saw the reaction of our players," he said.

"I couldn't tell if it was good, bad or indifferent, to be honest.

"He caught him. But it's not as if he has got a broken ankle or anything like that."

Heskey would be fit for next Sunday's home encounter against Brisbane Roar, van Egmond said.


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