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Aloisi 'assault' inquiry after controversial United win


Adelaide United want Brisbane Roar assistant coach – and former Reds captain – Ross Aloisi to face repercussions if he’s found to have assaulted a rival A-League coach.

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Aloisi is being investigated by Football Federation Australia hierarchy after allegedly assaulting Adelaide assistant coach Jacobo Ramallo after last night’s fixture between the clubs.

Aloisi allegedly struck Ramallo in the back while in the tunnel exiting the arena after the Roar’s controversial last-gasp loss in Adelaide.

Ramallo is understood to have been felled by the blow which happened minutes after Brisbane conceded a controversial penalty and lost the game 2-1.

The FFA are today considering reports into the incident from the match commissioner and both clubs.

Adelaide United defender Dylan McGowan says there should be repercussions from the incident.

McGowan stresses he didn’t see the incident, or personally know who was involved.

“We are trying to market the game here in Australia and all these sort of incidents bring negative light to the game which is unfortunate,” McGowan told reporters.

“I don’t know who was involved so I can’t be saying that they (the FFA) need to come down on whatever it is.

“I’m sure that they’re looking into it.

“And, to be honest, the Adelaide tunnel has got plenty of people in it so someone has seen it.

“And there will be hopefully repercussions if there was something done wrong. Hopefully there’s repercussions for it because it was something we don’t want to see in the game.”

The Roar released a statement late last night saying they would cooperate with the FFA.

Brisbane refuses to comment further “until speaking to those involved and a thorough investigation is concluded”, the statement said.

The incident happened after the Roar were left seething at losing because of what their head coach John Aloisi said was a poor decision.

The Roar slipped to a 2-1 loss after Brisbane goalkeeper Michael Theo was controversially sent off in one of the last acts of the game.

Theo was red-carded for elbowing Adelaide’s McGowan in the sixth minute of what was meant to be five minutes of stoppage time.

Adelaide’s Sergio Cirio then slotted a 98th-minute penalty to deliver the Reds a win.

Adding injury to insult for Brisbane, captain Matt McKay is unlikely to play again this season after suffering medial ligament damage to his right knee during the game.

“Matty, I think, is out for at least six weeks with his medial which is again something we just have to deal with,” John Aloisi said.

“It’s unlucky for Matty because he has been brilliant for us the whole season and he’s our leader. So other boys need to step up now.”

Meanwhile, the Western Sydney Wanderers have beaten Wellington 3-1, to mark their first win at their temporary home venue at Spotless Stadium.

In front of a small crowd of almost 8,000, Brendon Santalab scored his 33rd and 34th goals for the club, taking the 34-year-old past Mark Bridge as their all-time leading scorer.

It also caps a breakthrough week for the Wanderers, during which they claimed their first Asian Champions League points against FC Seoul in Korea.


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