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Van 't Schip, Aloisi stoke A-League fires

NZN 3/12/2016 Ben McKay

Before, during and after their A-League fight, it was plain that there's no love lost between John Aloisi and John van 't Schip.

The former A-League allies competed vociferously at AAMI Park on Saturday night, only for Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar to share the spoils in a 1-1 draw.

Prior to the match, Aloisi stoked the fire by putting the microscope on referee Shaun Evans' treatment of Bruno Fornaroli.

Van 't Schip countered by calling him a whingeing baby that should focus on his own affairs.

After kickoff, Brisbane's Jade North took the Roar's attention on Fornaroli to a new level by diving in an attempt to get the A-League's leading scorer in hot water.

It didn't work.

City played on while the defender was on the ground, scoring an equaliser that didn't previously look like coming.

Cue hysterics on both benches, City's goalkeeper remonstrating in front of Brisbane's bench and Roar assistant Ross Aloisi throwing the ball at City defender Josh Rose.

And that was before either coach sat down in front of a microphone.

Van 't Schip lashed Aloisi for his hypocrisy over City's alleged diving, and North for his act.

"A coach accusing us of diving ... and having a player like North doing that," he said.

"He tried to get Bruno sent off and in the end they got punished."

"Credit to (City's players). They understood what was going on and they made a good goal."

Aloisi said he would address the incident with North but backed the defender's integrity.

"He obviously got hit but was it hard enough to go down? I don't think so," he said.

"Jade's not a player to try and get someone sent off."

Van 't Schip suggested Aloisi's ploy to influence Evans paid off after Fornaroli was not awarded free kicks that he might otherwise have won.

"Ask the referees. It looks like it. But you have to be careful about those comments," he said.

Aloisi said he "couldn't influence a referee", saying his biggest gripe was Dean Bouzanis' act of running from the City goal to deliver a riposte.

"It was a bit poor to run all that way to have a go at me," he said.

"If my players sledged the opposition coach, I'd be disappointed. It's a lack of respect."

But both managers bit back on the idea that a personal animosity existed between the two.

Aloisi said he saw a manager "trying to protect his own team" and understood why he'd be jeered by AAMI Park fans.

The Dutchman said it was just "part of the game".

"It shows he's been worried about his own team, that's all I can make of it," he said.

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