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Melbourne Victory expecting huge penalties for pitch invasion chaos, Football Australia issues lifetime bans

Lawyers for Melbourne Victory were locked in on compiling the most detailed response possible to the show cause notice issued by Football Australia following last week‘s pitch invasion knowing the financial ramifications of any penalties could be crippling not only for them but for other clubs.

Coaches and players have been told not to talk about the incident publicly with no clarity on whether the Boxing Day clash with cross-town rivals Western United will go ahead, or in what form, which could hit the reigning A-League premiers as hard as Victory.

The club has begun conversations with the leadership of the active supporter groups at the centre of the chaotic scenes, including OSM, with three people already charged by Victoria Police who have launched Operation Astute to investigate the AAMI Park incident.

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