Former Sydney FC coach John Kosmina has slammed the presence of a table next to the pitch in the wake of Saturday night's win over Melbourne Victory at Allianz Stadium.
Former Socceroo Michael Zullo was in an aerial contest when he landed awkwardly, slamming his head on the edge of the table.
Sydney won the match 2-1 on the back of a David Carney after Marcos Rojas had given the visitors the lead shortly before halftime.
Kosmina said the 28-year-old defender was lucky to come away with a relatively minor head wound.
"This is very, very fortunate from Michael Zullo's point of view," he said on Sunday Shootout on Fox Sports.
"That could have split his head open, it could have taken his eye out, it could have killed him."
Kosmina said the table's location offered a clear safety issue for players, given its proximity to the pitch.
"The question is, why is a table there just to put an electronic sign that says 'we're going to have three minutes of extra time'? The fourth official's not even standing by it, it's stupid," he said.
"There's a real OHS issue here and if something worse had come of that, who's liable?
"The football stadium, Sydney FC, the referees because they want it there?"
Former Socceroo Mark Bosnich agreed, adding he expected the PFA (Professional Footballers' Association) to look into the matter.
"The terrible misfortune that we had with the Phillip Hughes incident, I think is a wake-up call for everybody," Bosnich said.
"Do we as a sport want to have to go through something like that?
"Kossie's exactly right, before he takes his eye (out) or hits his temple, this is player safety, this is very, very important."
Bosnich also called for the removal of potentially dangerous items close to the pitch.
"There should be no things around the pitch," he said.
"Even those advertisers next to the goals, you've got to be very careful of those because they're like ice rinks sometimes when the players are running at full pace."