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  • Matthew Davis

Melbourne Victory slapped with fine of more than half a million dollars over pitch invasion

The pitch invasion saw the derby between Victory & Melbourne City abandoned.

Football Australia has handed A-League Men's team Melbourne Victory with a $550,000 fine and has threatened the club with a 10-point penalty if any fan violence happens again.


The hefty fine comes 24 days after Melbourne Victory fans stormed AAMI Park in the 20th minute of the Melbourne Derby in protest of the Grand Final being permanently moved to Sydney.


Flares were lit and thrown on to the ground and tension sparked when Melbourne City goalkeeper Tom Glover threw a lit flare at the already angered Victory fans, in what some said was the final domino that which caused the "darkest day" for football in Australia.


Football Australia boss James Johnson said that "if a spectator runs onto the pitch (and) there is an assault, there will be an automatic 10 point deduction, and if that were to occur, that would destroy Melbourne Victory's city."


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