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‘Absolute disgrace’ – World reacts to A-League Men madness as investigation begins after fan attack

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An ugly pitch invasion during the Melbourne Derby on Saturday night has gone global with Australian football left reeling. 

The A-League Men (ALM) game between Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory was suspended and eventually abandoned after just 20 minutes as a result of fans storming onto the field.

City goalkeeper Tom Glover was struck by a bin by one of the pitch invaders, while a Network 10 cameraman was also left injured. 

Referee Alex King was also caught in the middle of the incident and was left covered in flare smoke after Glover was hit.  

Football Australia are investigating what happened with “strong sanctions” promised against those found to have been involved. 

The pitch invasion came just days after the Australian Professional Leagues (APL) controversially confirmed the ALM grand final would be held in Sydney for the next three seasons – regardless of which teams qualify. 

Fans had been protesting the decision peacefully with banners and walk outs in matches prior to the Melbourne Derby. 

But the subsequent scenes at AAMI Park have left both the A-Leagues and Australian football with a black eye after what was a historic World Cup for the Socceroos. 

Players and pundits have condemned what happened on Saturday night with many left concerned about the state of the game as a result with footage of the incident going viral and being covered by the likes of the BBC

Football Australia CEO James Johnson is talking to media on Sunday morning to discuss what happened and FA’s next steps.

Life bans for fans involved are all but certain, while Victory itself could also be punished with their supporters at the centre of the incident. 


Credit: sportingnews.com

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