A-League: Melbourne Victory penalty by FA for pitch invasion

Melbourne Victory faced a hefty fine and sanctions for fans but avoided a points deduction after pitch invasion, ADAM PEACOCK writes.

Melbourne Victory were fined $550,000 but avoided an immediate points deduction following the pitch invasion that resulted in the pre-Christmas Melbourne Derby being abandoned.

Victory fans are not allowed to sit past the north end at home games, this is the area where fans were dumped on the ground. They will also be banned from participating in away games for the rest of the season.

The win was punished with a 10-point suspended sentence, which will apply for this season and the next three if the club’s supporters break the rules of fan conduct during this period.

Football Australia imposed the severe sanctions following a three-week investigation into the chaotic events of the 20-minute mark of the game against rivals Melbourne City, which came after a week of protests following the Australian Professional Leagues (APL) decision to host the grand final sell, rights passed to the NSW Government.

Football Australia set the sanction in its role as regulator of play across Australia, with the APL not involved in drafting the sanction.

The breakdown of the mammoth $550,000 fine is as follows:

– Paid home team Melbourne City $150,000 for the cost of repairing the damage at AAMI Park

– $50,000 for re-enacting the derby, which begins in the 22nd minute with City leading 1-0. The replay of the game will take place in April.

– The suspended point deduction (10 points) is triggered when a Victory fan is caught committing a serious violation of fan conduct, such as:

Football Australia says the return of active Victory 2023/24 supporters groups will depend on dialogue between the club, the APL and Football Australia to implement decisive action.

For the time being, Victory have avoided becoming the first club in more than 30 years to have points deducted for fan behavior in Australian football after Preston lost four points in the 1991/92 NSL season.

17 fans have so far been banned from life for 10 years for their role in the pitch invasion, while the man who threw a bucket at City goalkeeper Tom Glover also faces criminal charges as he faces another trial on February 27 will.

The financial penalties will also hit the club hard as they recover from two low-revenue seasons thanks to the pandemic.

Victory have lost their three games since the derby debacle and sit second from bottom on the A League men’s ladder.

Victory have nine home games left this season, with their next one scheduled against Sydney FC at AAMI Park on 26 January. Victory will also host Melbourne City in the third derby of the season on February 18.

It caps a horror week for the club with the biggest fan base in the A divisions, with star recruit Nani suffering a season-ending ACL injury.

There’s more to come

Adam Peacock

Starting out as a cadet, Adam spent almost a decade with the Seven Network before spending 15 years at Fox Sports covering football, tennis, cricket, the Olympics and tournaments. Favorite teams are the Socceroos, Matildas, Newcastle Utd, Manly while hobbies are watching sports, eating, sleeping and waking up to do the same.

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