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Apr 22, 2012

AL medal goes to wrong player

In an embrassing gaffe, Perth Glory captain Jacob Burns was awarded the Joe Marston Medal for the A-League grand final's best player after it was mistakenly awarded to Brisbane Roar playmaker Thomas Broich.

Following the Roar's controversial 2-1 win over the Glory on Sunday, Broich raised eyebrows when he was read out as the best on ground recipient in front of a packed Suncorp Stadium.

Broich did set up Besart Berisha's 84th-minute goal that locked up the scores at 1-1 before the Roar scored in stoppage time off a controversial foul to ensure they became the first team to win back-to-back a-League titles.

However he seemed fortunate to earn best-on-ground honours ahead of the workaholic Burns.

About an hour later, a red-faced A-League boss Lyall Gorman admitted an "administrative error" had led to Broich and not Burns being handed the medal.

"It was just a breakdown in communicatioon between the judging panel and the announcer - it was one of those unfortunate incidents," Gorman said,

"Just purely in the delivery from the votes being counted to (post-match announcer) Simon (Hill)."

Instead of receiving the medal in front of the grand final crowd, Burns was forced to accept the honour at the post-match press conference in the bowels of Suncorp Stadium.

"Unfortunately there has been an adminstrative error with the awarding of the J Marston Medal," Gorman said.

"We apologise to the Roar, Thomas Broich and Perth Glory, but most of all to Jacob Burns.

"It's just a shame it isn't done in front of 20,000 - at least we tried to rectify it."

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