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Melbourne derby flares, crowd invasion, Tom Glover throwing and actions defended by coach

Melbourne City coach Rado Vidosic is adamant goalkeeper Tom Glover showed no “malice” in throwing a flare into a crowd of Melbourne Victory supporters during last month’s AAMI Park derby that was subsequently abandoned.

Since the incident, which included the assault of Glover, a host of Victory fans have been banned – three for life – from all football-related activities in Australia, while the club has been heavily sanctioned by Football Australia.

Glover avoided punishment for throwing a flare, which had been hurled towards him, back into the crowd, an action that led to the pitch invasion.

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Referee Alex King, who was also assaulted in the invasion, wrote in his match report that he didn’t…

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