Garcia’s warning: What happens on the pitch, stays on the pitch

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Perth Glory head coach Richard Garcia says what happens on the pitch, stays on the pitch and is supportive of his side backing one another as it showcases unification.

The comments come following Glory’s 3-0 defeat over Western United at HBF Park on Wednesday that saw the team jump to equal 8th on the ladder with their opponents.

The second half of the game saw a major conflict take place between Alessandro Diamanti and several Glory players, particularly Callum Timmins, as well as a few stern words from Besart Berisha.

The conflict soon escalated and got multiple other players involved.

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Despite the troubles, Garcia said he was pleased the team was willing to stand up for one another.

“It’s fantastic, it’s good to see the guys sticking up for each other and really having each other’s backs and that for me is very, very pleasing,” he said.

“That’s part of the game, we want our guys to be competitive we want our guys to want to win, when they leave the pitch, they shake hands and that’s it. What goes on on the pitch stays on the pitch.”

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Diamanti was quick to approach Garcia himself from the pitch and call out his opponents behaviour, demanding the 21-year-old show respect for senior players, however the coach denied any misconduct in his eyes.

“He can show his respect after the game and swap shirts,” he said.

“I’m sure Cal Timmins thinks he’s a great player but if you show your opponent too much respect then what’s the point in playing?

“Obviously, he’s a fantastic player and deserves respect but once you cross that white line it’s 11 v 11 it doesn’t matter who you are or how old you are or how young you are it’s 11 v 11 and that’s how it should be.”

Throughout the season Garcia has spoken repeatedly about the need for the team to pull together in order to achieve a strong performance and it seems they are finally getting the message.

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The win secured the team’s second clean sheet in 20 games this season, with goals for veterans Bruno Fornaroli, Chris Ikonomidis and Joel Chianese.

The side will look to seal their winning hattrick this Sunday when they host the Western Sydney Wanders at home.

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Breanna Redhead
WA based student journalist, covering Perth Glory for the 2020/21 A-League season

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