Gold Coast bans coach over teen captain comments

Gold Coast United have suspended coach Miron Bleiberg for one

match after he criticized the club’s decision to install teenager

Mitch Cooper as captain in his A-League debut.

United’s billionaire owner Clive Palmer made the unusual move to

hand pick 17-year-old Cooper as stand-in captain for suspended

Michael Thwaite in Friday’s match against Melbourne Heart.

Bleiberg said Cooper’s elevation to the captaincy was only

”ceremonial” and he would not be the on-pitch leader.

United chief executive Clive Mensink said the club took the

decision to appoint Cooper seriously and were unhappy with

Bleiberg’s comments.