Aussie greats blast 'embarrassing, farcical' Roar

Mark Bosnich and Robbie Slater have absolutely slammed Brisbane Roar after shambolic scenes in their Asian Champions League play-off loss.

John Aloisi's men were upset 3-2 by unfancied Filipino champions Ceres-Negros, who are just two weeks into pre-season training, in Brisbane on Tuesday night.

But the real red-face moment came when Eric Bautheac was stranded on the sideline for more than five minutes without a shirt to wear after the No.22 fell off his jersey.

It left Brisbane with just 10 men on the park in comical scenes that quickly spread around the world on social media.

Denied when attempting to return in the No.30, the Frenchman was finally allowed back on the field wearing a strategically taped-up No.77.

That about sums it up. Pic: Fox Sports

And he wasn't the only player whose numbers were peeling off, leaving Bosnich livid.

“As for Brisbane Roar and what went on tonight, the only thing I can say is to anyone that was watching this is to say on behalf of Australian football I’d like to apologise because that was truly embarrassing," Bosnich said on Fox Sports after the match.

“Congratulations to Ceres-Negros, we saw how much it meant to them to win this game.

"Well we saw how much that meant to Brisbane with that farcical episode about the jerseys.

“If you don’t want to be in the competition for whatever reason, just pull out of the competition rather than have to put us through that – that was just absolutely embarrassing.”

Ceres-Negros were too good for the Roar. Pic: Getty

Bosnich described the scenes as a shambles and called on Brisbane to pull out of the competition in future.

"I’ve never seen that before in my footballing life, not even when I was a junior playing under 10s here in Sydney. That was just absolutely ridiculous," he said.

“It just shows how much it means to us and how much it means to them to have that thing go on right there in the Asian premier competition."

Brisbane on Wednesday morning released a media statement apologising for the shirt shambles.

"Our club disappointed many people and embarrassed ourselves with the presentation of numbering on our orange jersey," the statement said.

"This was of no fault of BRFC kit manufacturer Umbro and we are unreservedly apologetic.

"BRFC would like to assure its members, supporters, partners and the local football community that we are fully committed to improving both on and off the field."

with AAP

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