Football commentators and fans have been left disgusted, disheartened and embarrassed by the horrifying Melbourne Derby fan pitch invasion, declaring it a significant blow to the game’s reputation in Australia.
So soon after Australian soccer was riding unprecedented highs following the incredible World Cup campaign from the Socceroos, it sadly returned to the ‘bad old days’ on Saturday night, plunging to new lows of fan violence after a pitch invasion left Melbourne City keeper Thomas Glover with a gash on his cheek.
Fans from both clubs hurled flares onto the pitch, but when Glover threw two flares back into the Victory fans area at the northern end, it sparked a wild reaction as scores of Victory fans stormed the pitch, and encircled Glover in scary scenes.
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