What is acceptable conduct in pre-season friendlies?

The build up to the start of the new A-League season has gained an extra sub-plot, with a friendly between Newcastle and Wellington ended up with 4 players being sent off.

Check out the match highlights below –

The question is – are the players who got sent off in the wrong? Many coaches tell their players to go out and play friendlies “like a normal game”, but others get indignant when the feel their opponents have been over-physical.

So what is your take? What is acceptable conduct in pre-season friendlies?

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