Brisbane Roar assistant coach investigated after alleged tunnel assault on rival
Brisbane Roar assistant coach Ross Aloisi faces major disciplinary measures after allegedly striking a rival A-League coach in the tunnel after the Roar's 2-1 defeat to Adelaide United.
A match that was simmering with spite, malice and controversy boiled over after full-time when Aloisi - who captained the Wellington Phoenix in their first season in 2007-08 - took his anger out on his rival assistant coach, allegedly knocking Adelaide's Jacobo Ramallo to the ground with a punch from behind, sparking an investigation from Football Federation Australia.
Cameras captured Ramallo lying flat on the floor in the tunnel after the incident with witnesses claiming that Aloisi allegedly walked up to the Spaniard and struck him in the lower back, minutes after Adelaide were awarded a controversial penalty to win the game.
Sources suggest the altercation took place inside the tunnel as the two coaches were walking towards their respective dressing rooms and in front of the match commissioner, stadium security and staff.
It was a bitter end to a match riddled with animosity, with senior club sources suggesting a war of words between both coaching benches showed little signs of a ceasefire.
Aloisi will now likely have to explain himself to an FFA judiciary with an investigation into the incident to commence on Monday.
While Ramallo had to be carried into the dressing room, he didn't sustain any injuries.
He was incensed after Adelaide were awarded a penalty deep into injury time when Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Mike Theo was sent-off after being judged to have elbowed Dylan McGowan.
Replays proved otherwise, vindicating Theo's protests but it mattered little as Adelaide striker Sergio Cirio slotted the resulting spot-kick to steal a late victory.
The Roar were seething by the run of events, with the altercation between Aloisi and Ramallo occurring immediately in the aftermath of the spiteful finale.
An FFA spokesman confirmed they will launch an investigation into the incident and have begun collecting footage and witness statements.
Police were near the tunnel at the time of the alleged incident and were seen entering dressing rooms after, but contrary to earlier media reports, no arrests were made and South Australian Police are not yet investigating the incident.
Aloisi was a former captain of Adelaide United and coached their W-League team before moving to the Matildas and Brisbane Roar.
He is the older brother of Brisbane Roar head coach and former Australian international John Aloisi.
- Sydney Morning Herald