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Football Australia has fined Melbourne Victory FC $310,000 (AUS$ 450,000) and imposed several sanctions in response to the horrible scenes that resulted in the abandonment of its derby match against Melbourne City in December.

The fans planned to revolt against the decision to move the next three A-Leagues Grand Finals to Sydney. As a result of this, the chaotic scenes took place in the 22nd minute of the match.

Players had to flee for safety as flares and fireworks went off inside the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. When fans invaded the field, Melbourne City goalkeeper Tom Glover was hit in the head with a trash can and sustained injuries.

Although, Glover received the medical treatment and ‘likely’ had a concussion. He also had to get stitches on his face because of the horrible incident which took place at the Stadium.

Melbourne Victory was given several sporting sanctions in addition to the fine, which FA estimated to be worth an additional $68,900 (AUS$ 100,000).

For the remainder of the season, the club will not be given tickets for away games. The club will not be permitted to sell tickets in the section from which fans invaded the field.

A suspended 10-point deduction for Victory was also given. It can be “triggered for each instance of serious fan misconduct during this season and the following three seasons.”

FA said it had already handed out bans – some for life – to 17 fans involved in the incident.

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Fatima Kazi

Fatima Kazi is a Sports enthusiast, covering all the latest sports around the world for Streaming Digitally.

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