Van’t Schip war of words with Aloisi continues

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Melbourne City manager John van’t Schip has slammed Brisbane Roar manager John Aloisi during his post-match press conference and accused Roar defender Jade North of attempting to get Bruno Fornaroli sent off.

City and Roar fought out a 1-1 draw in front of 8,394 fans at AAMI Park last night in a fiery contest which saw van’t Schip imploring Aloisi to focus on his own team.

Despite not taking home the three points, the City manager was pleased with the result.

“It’s a great effort that the boys put in,” van’t Schip said.

“We had a very short turn around.

“If we at the beginning of the week would have said that this would be the result, then we would’ve taken it.

“All the credit to the boys, they put in a great effort playing three games in six days.

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The home side knew Saturday night’s game was going to be fierce.

“After a week like this … we knew there was a lot of tension and also around this game,” van’t Schip admitted.

“The boys handled it very well.”

Jamie Maclaren opened the scoring for Roar in the 38th minute and helped the visitors go into halftime with a 1-0 buffer.

Nicolas Colazo scored a second half equaliser for City, however, the goal’s lead up created, what is sure to be, this weekend’s talking point.

Fornaroli and North jostled inside the home side’s box but after the Uruguayan seemed to only brush North’s shoulder, the Roar defender collapsed to the ground clutching his face.

While the majority of Roar players stopped, referee Shaun Evans did not blow his whistle so City continued play and capitalised on North’s blatant dive – an act some may claim does the Hyundai A-League a disservice.

After a mid-week war of words between the two sides’ managers, the confrontation between Fornaroli and North along with Colazo’s equaliser reignited the fire between van’t Schip and Aloisi.

The pair could be seen hurling abuse at one another from the sidelines, before Evans had to have a firm word to settle both managers down.

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The City manager did not refrain from speaking honestly after the game.

“(North) tried to get Bruno sent off,” van’t Schip said.

“In the end, they got punished by us scoring that goal.

“A coach accusing us of diving and in the way that we play … then having a player like North doing actually the same (is disappointing).

“I’m not saying we’re (diving), that’s his words.

“We’re just an aggressive side.”

Aloisi singled out Fornaroli midweek and it was the City captain who was at the centre of the game’s controversy.

Van’t Schip was quick to defend the Uruguayan striker, before questioning some of the referees’ decisions.

“Bruno is an attacking player, the amount of fouls that are made on him is not normal.

“The referees continue to give the advantage to the defenders.

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The City manager was cautious in his response to whether Aloisi’s comments had an influence on the referees.

“It looks like (they had an influence)”, van’t Schip said.

“But we have to be careful with those comments.”

However, he did not hold back in the later stages of his press conference revealing, “John (Aloisi) has been having a go at us almost every game.

“Having a go at us also shows that he is worried about his own team.”

But Van’t Schip had one final piece of advice for his most recent rival.

“Just concentrate on your team.”

After playing out two passionate contests this season already, City and Roar have created an intense rivalry that will be sure to continue throughout the Hyundai A-League in 2016/17.

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