Webster in Perth punch-up
Tempers flared post-match on Friday between Perth Glory captain Jamie Harnwell and team-mate Adrian Webster in an incident that could shame the A-League club.
Perth has just named Western QBE as its major sponsor, but the Glory are now out of the finals race.
Following their 0-0 draw with Adelaide United at Members Equity Stadium on Friday, Harnwell had words with Webster then appeared to push him and Webster followed up with two punches directed at Harnwell's head, but narrowly missed.
The incident was quickly diffused when coach Ron Smith pulled Harnwell away, but he is unsure of all the circumstances.
"It's always disappointing," Smith said.
"Something was said and that's about all I can say at this stage and I'll have to find out exactly what happened and get to the bottom of it when everyone has calmed down and is not emotional about it.
"It was one of those unfortunate incidents that happen sometimes. We will look into it, but I'm not going to say now what we are going to do about it, as I don't even know what started it.
"Obviously it is not a good look to have your captain, in particular, involved in such an incident and the club and the FFA will launch an investigation into it.
"It doesn't matter if its the captain or not, you don't want that happening with any two players.
"We need to get to the bottom of what happened and if we need to take any action, we will."
Smith puts it down to an isolated incident and the first between the players, but he acknowledges it needs to end quickly and be put to rest.
"In the heat of the battle, when you've got frustration and disappointment if someone says the wrong thing sometimes the result is players having a go at each other," he said.
"You pull them apart and get over it. The important thing is that it ends there.
"That's the first time we've had an incident in training or on the field."
Glory midfielder Simon Colosimo was also on the pitch at the time of the incident, but puts it down to the passion the players showed against the third-placed Adelaide.
"I didn't see much," he said.
"Last week we were terrible against Sydney and this week we came in and actually showed some passion, but instead of for 95 minutes, a couple did for 97," said Colosimo.
"That's about it really. The boys just want to prove that we're here to win for Perth Glory, to win some games and get some points.
"It's one of those things that happened and tomorrow at training we'll all have a good laugh about it and call them a couple of donkeys."
It is also believed the confrontation between Harnwell and Webster continued in the change rooms, but the Glory are attempting to keep everything in-house as much as possible.
For his part, John Kosmina was disappointed his side didn't win, but takes no interest in the incident after the intense media attention he received following his altercation with Melbourne Victory's Kevin Muscat.
"We kept a clean sheet and got a point, but to be honest we threw away two," the Adelaide United coach said.
"We should have had the game sewn up by half-time with the opportunities we were creating.
"We played some great one-touch football and were threatening and they never really threatened us, but that's the way it goes sometimes.
"I don't really care, it's not my problem. I'm only concerned with my house."