Harry Kewell Returns Home But Not To Play In A-League

Plus previewing round four of the A-League season.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Australia’s most notable football player, Harry Kewell, was seen boarding a plane from his base in London bound for Melbourne on Thursday evening, but the 'in limbo' Socceroo isn’t returning to fill an A-League roster spot.

The Australian is reporting the trip is business related; Kewell is returning to Melbourne due to the prospect of a potential fashion deal, and to check out the spring races.

Having not played football since leaving the A-League’s Melbourne Victory at the end of the 2011-12 season earlier this year, Kewell has been unable to find a club willing to match his salary demands. The former Liverpool midfielder is believed to want back in with a Premier League club and has been linked to a few teams in the top and second division of English football, but has yet to find a willing home.

The A-League has stood down a controversial referee ahead of round four action this weekend.

Ben Williams got the chop after making two iffy calls in the Newcastle-Central Coast Mariners derby last weekend.

A spokesman for the league described the move as a benching or a cut and not an outright dismissal, though the league did admit that he had made two mistakes upon review.

The Melbourne Victory takes on Emilie Heskey’s Newcastle Jets in the round four Friday night game and the club will be starting newly signed Socceroos goalkeeper Nathan Coe between the sticks.

The other big game of the round will be the Del Piero’s led Sydney FC going head to head with last year’s finalists Perth Glory in Sydney on Sunday afternoon.

In the first A-League game to be played at ANZ Stadium will be a big scalp for the Glory who are looking to take out top spot on the table with an outright victory.

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