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Aloisi aware of Reds' A-League theatrics

  • Aloisi aware of Reds' A-League theatrics

Adelaide United's alleged theatrics have again come under the spotlight ahead of Saturday night's A-League clash with Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.

But a month on from the Reds' controversial season-opening match against Melbourne Victory, Roar coach John Aloisi says he's confident "really strong" referee Chris Beath will adjudicate the game appropriately.

Kevin Muscat was left fuming after the Victory's 0-0 draw at Adelaide Oval - in particular, at the decision to send off Leigh Broxham for what appeared to be only incidental contact in an aerial challenge with United midfielder Isaias, earning him his second yellow card.

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In his post-match media conference, Muscat said Isaias "always hits the deck" and implied Adelaide's niggling style and tendency to pressure the referee to make decisions was un-Australian.

Asked for his take, Aloisi said: "I did hear the comments from Kevin Muscat. He's saying they try and trick the referee, go down easy, also surround the referee a lot.

"Also Graham Arnold last year was upset with the way they acted on the pitch - professional fouls a lot in the midfield to stop the game, stop the counter.

"That's why I'm happy we've got a really strong referee in Chris Beath.

"We have to make sure that we play our game and the referee will take care of that.

"I know that Chris Beath will."

Aloisi said Brisbane would not be underestimating Adelaide, despite their poor start to the season and failure to score any goals through their own players across the first three rounds.

"I know they haven't started so well but they've got some really good players, we all know what they're capable of doing," he said.

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