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"Scapegoat" Farina sacked for drink driving

Brisbane Roar coach Frank Farina has been sacked after his second drink driving offence in two years, with the former Socceroos boss claiming the decision was "unfair" and that he has been a "scapegoat" for widespread problems at the club.

The separation could get even messier if the parties can't agree to financial terms, with Farina allegedly wanting his contract paid out in full, whereas the club feels the drink driving charge put the coach in breach of his contract, entitling the coach to less money.

The club has been on somewhat of a slide this season, with crowd numbers down, results mixed, and a lack of on-field discipline resulting in an avalanche of yellow cards and suspensions to key players. Farina himself was sent to the stands and given a one match ban for challenging a referee's decision.

If Farina's position was at all in question before his latest misdemeanour, the Roar board could view it as the last straw - or an opportunity to shake things up without an expensive contract pay-out.

Farina was banned indefinitely prior to his side's recent 1-0 loss to rivals Gold Coast United, after being caught with almost double the legal amount of blood alcohol content at 7am on his way to training.

A raft of possible replacements have been touted, including Gold Coast's assistant coach Paul Okon, former Adelaide and Sydney FC mentor John Kosmina and Farina's deputy, Rado Vidosic.


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