Roar told to explain enforcer's fiery exit

ALREADY hit with a one-match ban, Queensland enforcer Danny Tiatto faces the prospect of further disciplinary action as the Roar's A-League semi-finals preparation went from bad to worse.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) yesterday issued a “please explain” over the former Socceroo's reaction to a red card issued in Queensland's 2-0 minor semi-final first leg win over Central Coast on Friday night.

The Roar must submit a response to the FFA over Tiatto's fiery send-off but won't know until tomorrow whether his one-match ban will be extended.

Tiatto was sent off in the 76th minute after receiving his second yellow card for a challenge on Mariners striker Dylan Macallister.

It ensured Tiatto would miss the second leg against the Mariners at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

But he could be in more hot water after the FFA ruled Tiatto's reaction to referee Ben Williams giving him his marching orders breached the code of conduct.

Tiatto had to be dragged away by teammates after receiving his second yellow card.

The Roar are already reeling with veteran defender Josh McCloughan (groin) being ruled out for two to three weeks - all but ending his finals series.

Queensland would have to make the February 28 grand final to give McCloughan a chance of playing again.

And skipper Craig Moore will be battling jet lag in the second leg minor semi-final clash.

He won't return to Brisbane until Friday morning after featuring in the Socceroos' World Cup qualifier against Japan in Yokohama tomorrow night.

In some good news, midfielder Matt McKay said he would soldier on despite breaking his nose against the Mariners last Friday night.

(Luke DeVere is expected to replace McCloughan.)

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