Roar assistant coach cops four-game ban
THE Brisbane Roar will support their assistant coach Ross Aloisi if he wants to fight his four-game suspension for his Coopers Stadium tunnel altercation with Adelaide United counterpart Jacobo Ramallo.
Alosisi will be banned from the sidelines for the remainder of the A-League regular season, but the Roar have until next Friday to appeal the length of the ban.
Despite the possibility of the ban increasing if an appeal fails, the Roar will back Aloisi if he wants to take the matter further.
The Roar have accepted football director Craig Moore's one-game ban for his verbal tirade at referee Stephen Lucas just before the Aloisi-Ramallo incident, which came in the aftermath of Brisbane's controversial 2-1 loss to Adelaide last Sunday.
Ramallo was felled in the clash with Aloisi, who denied punching the Adelaide assistant coach in his show-cause submission to Football Federation Australia.
"It was clear from all submissions that there was physical contact made between Ross Aloisi and the Adelaide United assistant coach Jacobo Ramallo and while there were conflicting reports as to the manner of contact, it was determined that there was contact made by Ross Aloisi that was unnecessary and forceful," an FFA statement said.
"Given the obligations of professionalism that are required of team officials physical contact of this nature is completely unacceptable."
Roar managing director Mark Kingsman on Thursday night told The Courier-Mail that FFA's investigation had determined that Aloisi did not throw a punch.
"That was reflected in the length of the ban," Kingsman said.
"The guy (Ramallo) walked in front of Ross to cause a reaction and Ross has pushed him away.
"Ross knows that he shouldn't have done it and it won't happen again."
Kingsman's decision to support Aloisi should he want to appeal stems largely from Ramallo's alleged provocation, which is understood to have included personal abuse of Aloisi's family.
"While there is no place in the game for shoving, there is also no place for the abuse Ross was subjected to," said Kingsman, who has asked FFA to take action against Ramallo.
Aloisi will be free to return to the Roar bench and take part in pre and post-game activities on the opening weekend of the A-League finals next month.
The ban does not extend to Brisbane's AFC Champions League games.
In handing down Moore's suspension, FFA took into account that he "acknowledged his regret for his conduct towards the match officials".
The Roar have accepted Michael Theo's two-game ban for elbowing Adelaide defender Dylan McGowan after the match review panel refused to reduce his charge from violent conduct to serious foul play.
Meanwhile, Roar defender Luke DeVere is poised to make his first appearance in five weeks after being named in Brisbane's squad for Saturday night's clash against Melbourne Victory at Suncorp Stadium.
DeVere has not played since tearing his calf in the Roar's 2-2 draw with the Glory in Perth on February 20.