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FFA starts probe into post-match incident

Papa Babacar Diawara (left) scored for Adelaide against the Roar.
Papa Babacar Diawara (left) scored for Adelaide against the Roar. DAVID MARIUZ

FOOTBALL Federation Australia is investigating an incident involving Brisbane Roar assistant coach Ross Aloisi and his Reds' counterpart Jacobo Ramallo in the heated aftermath of Adelaide United's last-gasp win over the Roar on Sunday.

The Reds stole a 2-1 win over Brisbane in a controversial A-League encounter that included the post-match altercation between assistant coaches from both clubs in the Coopers Stadium tunnel in Adelaide.

Ramallo went to ground in the incident before the pair were separated.

Roar managing director Mark Kingsman was not at the match, but told The Courier-Mail he would make a statement on Monday after being properly briefed on the matter.

The incident overshadowed what was already a dramatic ending to the contest, with the Reds receiving two stoppage-time gifts from referee Stephen Lucas, who sent off Roar goalkeeper Michael Theo and awarded the hosts a penalty.

Theo had made a clumsy attempt to catch a regulation cross but when he did gain hold of the ball, he was grabbed from behind by Adelaide's Dylan McGowan.

In trying to free himself from McGowan, Theo caught the Reds defender in the side of the face with his elbow.

Lucas responded by sending off the Roar keeper before pointing to the penalty spot.

With Brisbane having used all their substitutes, midfielder Thomas Kristensen went in goals.

But the former Danish international was sent the wrong way by Sergio Cirio, who calmly slotted the ball home to secure cellar-dwellers Adelaide just their fourth win of the season.

Roar coach John Aloisi was disappointed with the performance of referee Lucas.

"In my opinion he clearly got the decision (to award the Reds a penalty) wrong,” Aloisi said.

"I don't even think it was a red card because he was trying to shrug him off, but if he's hit him, he's hit him, but it was a clearly a foul on Theo.

"If he's going to send Theo off, then it should be the free kick is for us for McGowan holding on to Theo and the red card goes to Theo, if he believes it's a red card.

"He (Lucas) has got it wrong.”

Earlier, Lucas had sent off Reds playmaker Marcelo Carrusca for a second bookable offence in the 82nd minute.

The Roar's loss leaves them three points adrift of third-placed Melbourne City, who thrashed Newcastle 4-0 on Saturday night.

Adelaide moved to within two points of ninth-placed Central Coast Mariners with their win.

The Reds went ahead in the 16th minute via Baba Diawara who headed home a Carrusca corner.

Brisbane equalised 15 minutes after half-time through Jamie Maclaren, who netted his 14th goal of the season, tapping home a pass from Corey Brown after Reds goalkeeper Galekovic failed to properly deal with a Kristensen shot.

The Roar were in control for the remainder of the contest, but couldn't find a second goal, even after Carrusca's red card.

Instead, it was Adelaide who grabbed through winner through Cirio's penalty in the dramatic finish that led to Brisbane's sixth loss of the season.

Topics:  adelaide united a-league brisbane roar ffa john aloisi ross aloisi


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