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Australian Football makes final decision on Melbourne Victory’s show reason statement after A-League Men’s pitch invasion

Football Australia has made its final decision on the reason for the show statement given to A-Leagues club Melbourne Victory following the 17 December derby field invasion, described as «the darkest day in Australian football».

Chief executive James Johnson announced on Tuesday that Victory would face «significant sporting and financial sanctions» as a result of the incident.

Financial penalties total $550,000, consisting of $450,000 in fines and compensation and $100,000 in lost revenue due to sports penalties applied.

Sporting sanctions require the club to block access to certain seats behind the goals and otherwise restrict AAMI Park’s North End seating to registered club members for the remainder of the 2022-23 A-League Men’s season and the 2022-23 A-League. Latest Series Menu.

It also includes an instruction that dedicated club supporter seats will not be provided for the club’s away games for the remainder of the season.

Football Australia also announced a suspended 10 competition point deduction for the next three seasons, which will take effect in the event of further incidents in Victory matches.

The affected match will be played again in April.

Individual and club sanctions were awarded in the three weeks following the halfway game, when Melbourne City goalkeeper Thomas Glover and referee Alex King attacked with a metal bucket and caused approximately $150,000 worth of damage to the ground.

To date, 17 people have been suspended from football, some for several years, others for life, and some spectators have been reported by Victoria Police.

Preliminary sanctions were subsequently imposed on Victory, including the suspension of ticket sales for home games, the closure of the club’s active support end, and restrictions on those who can participate in both home and away games until a specified date.

Tensions between active fans and A-Leagues’ managers were already high after the Australian Professional Leagues’ (APL) decision to sell their grand final hosting rights to Sydney, and the pitch invasion dampened the largely peaceful protests from other actives. fan groups in leagues.

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Football Australia: When individuals cross the line, ‘we must focus on solving this’

Football Australia CEO James Johnson said the pitch is «a workplace for our players and referees».

«It’s a very sacred place in sports, and when individuals cross that line, we have to focus on solving that problem,» he says.

«And that’s what these sanctions focus on.»

We’ll leave the afternoon’s press conference here.

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