Roar to fight punch allegation after A-League clash

Roar head coach John Aloisi confronts the linesman during the A-League clash against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium in Adelaide,
Roar head coach John Aloisi confronts the linesman during the A-League clash against Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium in Adelaide, DAVID MARIUZ

FOOTBALL: Brisbane Roar will deny their assistant coach Ross Aloisi threw a punch when they submit their version of events in the Coopers Stadium tunnel fracas.

With a potential season-ending ban hanging over Aloisi's head for his altercation with Adelaide United assistant coach Jacobo Ramallo following Sunday's A-League match, the Roar will vigorously fight the national code of conduct charge.

The Roar will challenge whether Aloisi should have been cited at all in their submission to Football Federation Australia.

"I've spoken to Ross and he's adamant he didn't punch him (Ramallo) and I've got no reason not to believe Ross,” Roar managing director Mark Kingsman said.

FFA officials will on Thursday announce their findings, with the Roar almost certain to appeal if they believe the punishment is harsh.

But the appeal would be unlikely to be heard before Brisbane host Melbourne Victory at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

The Roar's submission, plus those of match commissioner Barry Panella and a Coopers Stadium security guard, will be the only evidence an FFA judiciary will consider.

It's understood the Roar will also claim that Ramallo mouthed personal insults about Aloisi's family in the build-up to the post-match incident.

It was confirmed on Monday that Adelaide United will not lodge a complaint against the Roar or Aloisi.

The Roar will tell FFA they will accept the punishment dished out to the club's football director Craig Moore for the verbal tirade he directed at referee Stephen Lucas just before the Aloisi-Ramallo incident.

Lucas's stoppage-time decisions to send off Brisbane goalkeeper Michael Theo for elbowing Adelaide defender Dylan McGowan and award the Reds a match-winning penalty incensed Moore and the entire Roar camp.

While the Roar will accept Moore's ban, the club's submission about the incident won't include an apology.

The Roar on Tuesday told FFA officials they would fight to have Theo's two-match ban shortened to one game.

But having been informed the ban would only be reduced in”exceptional circumstances” and that they ran the risk of lengthening Theo's ban by appealing, club officials were weighing up their options.

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

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