The war of words between Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip and his Brisbane Roar counterpart John Aloisi erupted following their 1-1 draw.
Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.
Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar is fast becoming one of the biggest grudge matches in the A-League, and Saturday night's edgy, ill-tempered draw between the teams added another chapter in a rivalry that is becoming characterised by its niggle and spite.
Bruno Fornaroli, the Melbourne City skipper, and Besart Berisha, the Melbourne Victory talisman, are both lauded, particularly in the Victorian capital, for their striking prowess.
It's not all doom and gloom, despite what some of their more vociferous fans may think.
Kevin Muscat could only shake his head in disbelief and marvel at the lack of justice soccer sometimes delivers after his Melbourne Victory side mustered 20 shots to 2 but could only draw 1-1 with Perth Glory.
Sometimes you do everything in your power to win but it just doesn't happen.
Melbourne City boss John van't Schip has hit back at claims by his predecessor and now Brisbane coach John Aloisi that his team is aggressive and seeks to intimidate opponents and referees in matches.
For any sportsman, or any club, winning that first trophy is crucial.
When you have been top dog in town for so long its difficult to handle your rival being the centre of attention.
A player so improbable that his achievements, especially on the big stage, seem scarcely believable.