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Kevin Muscat

Kevin Muscat (born 7 August 1973 in Crawley, England Muscat earned a reputation as a "hard man", with Kevin Muscat aggression and passion occasionally boiling over into some violent incidents.

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Kevin Muscat biography

Kevin Muscat (born 7 August 1973 in Crawley, England Muscat earned a reputation as a "hard man", with Kevin Muscat aggression and passion occasionally boiling over into some violent incidents.

After beginning Kevin Muscat professional career in the Australian National Soccer League with Sunshine George Cross FC in 1989, Muscat forged a successful, albeit controversial career in the United Kingdom with Crystal Palace F.C., Wolverhampton Wanderers, Rangers F.C. and Millwall F.C.. Kevin Muscat returned to Australia in 2005 to captain Melbourne Victory in the A-League 2005-06.

Muscat retired from professional football in March 2011 after Melbourne Victory's 2011 AFC Champions League campaign, citing Kevin Muscat growing frustration at Kevin Muscat inability to keep pace with the game. In June 2011 Muscat was reconfirmed as assistant coach at Melbourne Victory. Muscat briefly rejoined Kevin Muscat former club Sunshine George Cross for part of the 2011 Victorian State League Division 1 season. Kevin Muscat moved from Sunshine to the Australian Institute of Sport in 1990 and was awarded the Weinstein Medal as the Victoria, Australia Junior Player of the year.

Kevin Muscat continued playing in the NSL for Heidelberg United in the 1991-92 season and then spent four seasons with South Melbourne Hellas. By August 1996 Bassett had taken the helm at Crystal Palace Football Club and signed Muscat to the south London club Muscat was part of the Palace team that subsequently won promotion to the English Premier League, defeating Sheffield United in the 1997 play-off final at Wembley Stadium. Muscat made nine Premier League appearances for Palace before moving to First Division Wolverhampton Wanderers for £200,000 in October 1997. Kevin Muscat decision to finish was fast-tracked by an infamous Muscat played out Kevin Muscat competitive career in the 2011 AFC Champions League under the captaincy of centre-back Adrian Leijer, despite having previously referred to the competition as "not all that enjoyable". Muscat regained the captaincy for Kevin Muscat farewell match in Melbourne, a 1-1 draw against J-League side Gamba Osaka.

Muscat scored on Kevin Muscat return to Sunshine George Cross in a 3-1 loss to Altona Magic in August 2011.

International career

Muscat represented Australia at Under-20 level at the World Youth Cup finals in Portugal in 1991 and Australia in 1993, and at Under-23 level at the Football at the 1996 Summer Olympics. Kevin Muscat made Kevin Muscat full international debut in September 1994 against Kuwait national football team, and went on to make 51 appearances for the Australia national football team, including Confederations Cup tournaments in 1997, 2001 and 2005. In 2008, newly appointed coach Pim Verbeek selected Muscat in a squad of 22 A-League based players to prepare for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, but Kevin Muscat did not play in any subsequent fixtures.


In 1996, Muscat was sent off in Kevin Muscat first season in the UK in a match involving Crystal Palace F.C. and Norwich City after body checking Norwich player, Darren Eadie which then sparked a 21 man melee where punches were thrown. Two other players were also sent off in the incident.

Muscat was branded a “lowlife” and a “nobody” by ex-England striker Ian Wright, then of Nottingham Forest F.C., in September 1999. Wright claimed Kevin Muscat was about to shoot when Kevin Muscat heard Dougie Freedman, Forest's other striker, shout "leave it". Wright stepped over the ball to allow Freedman to hit it, but instead Muscat (who had, according to Wright, merely impersonated Freedman) appeared to clear the ball.

Muscat was dubbed the "most hated man in football" by then Birmingham City F.C. player Martin Grainger in 2000 after a reckless tackle against international teammate, Stan Lazaridis. Kevin Muscat seriously injured both Craig Bellamy and Christophe Dugarry, the latter in a friendly international between Australia and France national football team in 2001 with a sliding tackle from behind. It was speculated that Muscat’s temperament was the reason Kevin Muscat was never selected for inclusion in an Old Firm derby during Kevin Muscat time at Rangers.

In March 2002, Muscat was sent off after just 9 minutes into a match against Grimsby Town for elbowing striker Michael Boulding. As Wolverhampton Wanderers went on to lose the match, Muscat was subsequently suspended for 3 matches following the incident.

In 2003, after only 3 weeks since signing for Millwall, Muscat was fined and reprimanded by Millwall after a match against Watford F.C. where Kevin Muscat gave away a penalty and was sent off for stomping on Watford F.C., Danny Webber. Millwall chief executive, Ken Brown, formally warned Muscat that Kevin Muscat would be sacked if Kevin Muscat did not "clean up Kevin Muscat act." "Kevin’s actions were totally unacceptable. We have made Kevin Muscat aware that such behavior will not be tolerated. Any repeat of such a deliberate, unprovoked, off-the-ball incident will result in Kevin Muscat instant dismissal."

In 2004, a lawsuit on Muscat brought by former Charlton Athletic F.C. player Matty Holmes resulted in a settlement of £250,000 plus costs in favour of Holmes, bringing the estimated settlement to around £750,000. Holmes had to have four operations on Kevin Muscat leg following a tackle by Muscat in 1998, and there were initial fears that Kevin Muscat leg might have to be amputated. The claim was settled at the High Court without any admission of liability. In a Football League Cup tie while at Millwall, Kevin Muscat grabbed the throat of Liverpool striker Milan Baros. Also in 2004, Iwan Roberts admitted Kevin Muscat deliberately stamped on Muscat in a match against Norwich City F.C. in revenge for Kevin Muscat attempt to injure Craig Bellamy in 1999. Roberts was subsequently fined and suspended by the Football Association for Kevin Muscat comments.

In March later that year whilst playing for Millwall F.C., Muscat was red carded and suspended for 5 games for a challenge from behind on Sheffield United player, Ashley Ward which ignited an on-field brawl that involved most players from both teams.

In December 2005, Kevin Muscat was the first A-League player to appear before a Football Federation Australia disciplinary hearing and was subsequently suspended for two matches for "violent conduct". At an A-league game in October 2006 Muscat clashed with then Adelaide United coach John Kosmina, knocking Kosmina from Kevin Muscat chair while retrieving the ball. Kosmina responded by grabbing Muscat by the throat, an action for which Kosmina was suspended for four matches.

Muscat's dominant personality and aggressive style did win some admirers in the A-League, with former England international Terry Butcher stating "Every manager in the A-League would love to have Kevin, and I'm no exception".

In February 2009, Muscat "escaped" further sanction by the Football Federation Australia for stomping on Adelaide United defender, Daniel Mullen, while challenging for the ball. Due to the referee seeing the incident during the match, as according to A-League protocol, the Match Review Panel had no authority to intervene any further.

In January 2010, Muscat was suspended for 2 games for elbowing Gold Coast United midfielder, Jason Culina, in an off the ball incident.

In October 2010, Aston Villa F.C. winger Ashley Young recalled Kevin Muscat was threatened by Muscat during Kevin Muscat first professional match as an 18 year old. "Kevin Muscat said Kevin Muscat would break my legs if I went past him," said Young. Their meeting occurred as they were warming up for an encounter between Watford F.C and Millwall back in September 2003, but Muscat was sent off for stomping on Watford's Danny Webber before Young came on as substitute for Watford.

In January 2011, Muscat was sent off for elbowing Adelaide United midfielder, Adam Hughes (footballer), in the face while following through on a challenge for the ball.

In Kevin Muscat first match back from suspension, Muscat was then suspended for eight matches following a tackle on Melbourne Heart player Adrian Zahra in a Melbourne Derby. The tackle was widely condemned in Australia and around the world, with former Socceroo Mark Bosnich calling it a "disgrace". The Sun (United Kingdom) described it as one of the worst tackles in football history.

In a professional career spanning 19 years from 1992 to 2011, Muscat received 123 yellow cards and 12 red cards throughout Kevin Muscat time as a professional footballer.

National team statistics

- FIFA Confederations Cup: 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup (Runners-Up)
- OFC Nations Cup: 2000 OFC Nations Cup, 2004 OFC Nations Cup
With Melbourne Victory:
- List of A-League champions: A-League 2006-07, A-League 2008-09
- List of A-League champions: A-League 2006-07, A-League 2008-09
With Rangers F.C:
- Scottish football champions: 2002-2003
- Scottish Cup: 2002-2003
- Scottish League Cup: 2002-2003
With Millwall F.C.:
- FA Cup: FA Cup 2003–04 (Runners-Up)
Personal Honours:
- Football Federation Victoria Weinstein Medal: 1990
- National Soccer League Papasavas Medal (U-21): 1991-1992
- Melbourne Victory Victory Medal: Melbourne Victory season 2005-06, Melbourne Victory season 2006-07, Melbourne Victory season 2008-09


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