It’s being considered one of the vital shameful nights within the historical past of Australian soccer.
Saturday evening’s Melbourne derby at AAMI Park was known as off early for security causes 20 minutes in after a fan protest turned ugly in a pitch invasion that noticed Melbourne City goalkeeper Thomas Glover assaulted and left blooded.
And this was the second that sparked the wild scenes.
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A video from a fan within the stands seems to point out Glover throw a flare again within the course of riled up Victory supporters, who stormed onto the sphere seconds later.
“Glover needs to be cautious there, as a result of that’s going to trigger a little bit of an issue,” the commentator famous on the principle broadcast, which didn’t seize the precise second.
Security was left helpless within the disgraceful scenes that adopted as Glover was hit within the face with a bin, whereas referee Alex King was additionally attacked.
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After 40 minutes after the stoppage begun, the match was formally deserted on account of participant security.
Fans from each groups had thrown flares onto the pitch and had cautioned strolling out of the stadium on the twentieth minutes mark in a protest of the APL choice to present the A-League grand ultimate to Sydney for the subsequent three years.
But this evening culminated in scary scenes a lot, a lot worse than anybody might’ve anticipated.
The second provoked outrage amongst soccer commentators and followers, whereas it’s been condemned by Football Australia and left Melbourne Victory “devastated.”
FA chief govt James Johnson confirmed an investigation will probably be opened and lifelong bans are prone to be given to some Victory followers.
“It was disgusting behaviour and disgraceful scenes,” Johnson instructed News Corp Australia.
“A full investigation will take locations and people accountable will face the harshest of punishments.”
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