Derby disaster leaves match with no result

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What should have been an entertaining Melbourne derby fixture ended in disaster after a pitch invasion ended the game without a result.

Aiden O’Neill got Melbourne City off to a flyer with a brilliant team goal that came about through some exquisite quick passing through Melbourne City’s midfield.

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Protests were always planned for the 20th minute of the match, and have been peacefully conducted at every match so far this round. However, these peaceful protests quickly descended into violence after the game came to a halt after flares were tossed onto the pitch and Melbourne Victory fans entered the field of play.

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Things took a turn for the worse when City goalkeeper Tom Glover was hit by a metal flare bin which saw his head be cut open, with referee Alex King also caught amongst the mayhem as players and officials scrambled from the pitch to safety.

City confirmed that Glover suffered a concussion and severe lacerations to his face last night, and was taken to Epworth Hospital for further checks. He was cleared of further damage and went home early this morning.

Glover will now need to return to play through concussion protocols.

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After a 45-minute delay the announcement was made that the match was to be abandoned due to concerns for player safety.

Melbourne Victory released the following statement following the incident:

“Tonight, Melbourne Victory Football Club is devastated. The Club unequivocally condemns the actions of fans at Saturday night’s match against Melbourne City at AAMI Park. The actions that occurred, that saw spectators enter the pitch and injure a Melbourne City FC player, an official and a Network Ten cameraman, are not acceptable under any circumstance and have no place in football. The security and welfare of everyone involved in a football match is paramount and the Club will not accept this behaviour.

“The club would like to formally apologise to Tom Glover, match official, Alex King and the camera operator as well as all players, officials and those who witnessed the appalling behaviour. This conduct will not be tolerated and the Club, along with AAMI Park and Victoria Police, will undertake a full investigation into the incident. Melbourne Victory would like to reiterate there is no place in football for what was witnessed tonight.

Featured Image Credit: Ngau Kai Yan

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Caydn Foley
Football Fanatic. Journalism student hoping to make this a career. Covering Melbourne City for the 22/23 A-Leagues season.

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