The only reason you don't appoint a neutral referee for a final is lack of credible alternative. I can sort of understand this about Argentinean and Japanese refs, but come on Australia, you're not even trying. »
He needn't have been so concerned. Unless it involved a switchblade or a lead pipe, they would never prevent a star Kiwi from playing in a crunch match. And even if there were weapons involved, they'd still look hard for extenuating circumstances. Like "he phones his mom once a week, he owns a cat and he's only been arrested for indecent exposure twice".