‘I don’t think some challenges are fair’: Bulls star calls for greater protection from referees

Ulises Davila spoke to Paramount + after Macarthur FC's 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory on Friday night.

Macarthur FC star Ulises Davila has called for referees to ramp up protection of players after he was on the end of some strong challenges in their 1-1 draw with Melbourne Victory on Friday night.

Davila starred in the stalemate at Campbelltown Stadium, but copped a few heavy bumps and tackles throughout the contest.

The Mexican midfielder was also fouled in the lead-up to Adama Traore’s sending off for a high boot in the second-half.

Davila was asked post-game by Socceroos legend Luke Wilkshire on Paramount + if he felt he was “protected enough” by the officials throughout the contest.

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“Sometimes, to be honest, I just don’t feel protected most of the time,” Davila said.

“I don’t think some challenge are fair and that’s what I ask. Just protect us. That’s what I’m asking.

“I’m not talking bad to the ref. I’m just asking to protect the players and they get upset.”

His coach Mile Sterjovski echoed similar sentiments later in the post-game show.

“I don’t think he was looked after,” Sterjovski said.

“I could see that they were targeting him. I think there was six or seven fouls on him… It has to be looked at.”

Macarthur led for much of the contest against Victory thanks to Matt Millar’s opener, but conceded an equaliser in the 95th minute courtesy of an own-goal from Yianni Nicolaou.