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Brisbane Roar assistant faces probe for alleged assault vs. Adelaide

Brisbane Roar assistant coach Ross Aloisi faces investigation for allegedly assaulting an Adelaide United assistant in a bitter aftermath to Sunday's A-League game.

Aloisi allegedly struck Adelaide assistant coach Jacobo Ramallo after the Reds' dramatic 2-1 win against the Roar.

An Adelaide United spokesman says there was a physical clash between two assistant coaches of the respective clubs, but didn't name the individuals. He added that an Adelaide assistant had been struck in the back in an unprovoked attack.

A Football Federation Australia spokesman says the governing body is awaiting reports into the incident from the match commissioner and the respective clubs.

AAP understands the individuals involved are Ross Aloisi and Adelaide's assistant head coach Ramallo.

Once the reports are received later on Sunday night, the FFA will decide what action to take on Monday, the spokesman said.

Police talk to officials after the end of the match.

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 defender Dylan McGowan in the sixth minute of what was meant to five minutes of stoppage time at Adelaide's Coopers Stadium.

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

The dramas came after Brisbane captain Matt McKay was helped from the field with medial ligament damage to his right knee -- an injury his head coach says will sideline the stalwart for six weeks.

Michael Theo looks on in disbelief after being shown the red card.
Michael Theo looks on in disbelief after being shown the red card.

In the frenetic final minutes, Theo was attempting a quick throw-out when held by McGowan.

John Aloisi says that as the goalkeeper went to throw, his elbow collected the Reds defender who went to ground, clutching his face.

"It should be a foul for us," Aloisi said. "And if [referee Stephen Lucas] thinks it's deliberate, then he can send him off but it shouldn't be a penalty. But I don't know why he doesn't see the foul in the first place.

"I know Michael Theo very, very well and he wouldn't deliberately go to elbow someone."

Aloisi said it was pointless seeking clarification about the controversial call in coming days.

"We have had decisions go against us this year and we have asked for clarification ... but all we will get [from league hierarchy] is 'We made the wrong decision,'" he said.

"But what can you do? We can't do anything. The game is gone."

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