John Aloisi: “You don’t need a video referee to see that”

John Aloisi: “You don’t need a video referee to see that”


Brisbane Roar boss John Aloisi believes officials should have spotted a foul on goalkeeper Michael Theo in the leadup to his late dismissal against Adelaide United on Sunday.

The goalkeeper was handed a straight red card for elbowing Reds defender Dylan McGowan in the face, but did so after the centre-half obstructed the gloveman.

The red card left Brisbane seething, and their woes were compounded when Sergio Cirio tucked away the ensuing penalty.

Tempers boiled over at the full time whistle, culminating in an alleged altercation between assistant coaches of either side Ross Aloisi and Jacob Ramallo.

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While admitting central referee Stephen Lucas had the right to send Theo off, Roar head coach Aloisi was left dumbfounded as to how the situation reached such a stage.

He says any one of the officials should have seen the initial foul.

“To be honest, with the fourth official, with the two assistant referees, with the referee, that was very clear,” Aloisi said.

“It was a foul on Michael Theo first. That’s as clear as it can be, everyone can see it.

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“With a video referee, maybe they need more to actually say, ‘ok, the justification is that yes, it’s a foul, but nothing happens of it’.

“But when you’ve got so many eyes, out there, surely they can see that. “I don’t think you need a video referee to see that.” Video Assistant Referee technology (VARs) is set to be trialled in the A-League in a world first.

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It will be utilised when Melbourne City host United at AAMI Park in Round 26. Meanwhile, Aloisi revealed injured skipper Matt McKay looks set to miss as many as six weeks with a knee injury.

“Matty’s hurt his knee. Matty I think is out for at least six weeks with his medial.

“It’s unlucky for Matty because he’s been brilliant for us the whole season, but other boys need to step up now.”