Saturday, January 28, 2023

Charges against 3 after football violence in Australia

MELBOURNE ( Associated Press) – Police charged three people Monday after a violent pitch invasion that injured a goalkeeper and a referee and forced the cancellation of a weekend Australian Premier League match between two Melbourne teams .

Video shows a man throwing a metal bucket filled with sand at City goalkeeper Tom Glover during a brawl at the AAMI Stadium on Saturday night.

Glover was carried off the field due to bleeding. The wound on his face required stitches.

He returned to training with his club on Monday.

Around 150 people stormed the ground in the 20 minutes of play that saw City beat Victory 1–0.

Victoria State Police reviewed security video before asking for the public’s help in identifying eight people wanted for questioning. The three men, aged 23, 19 and 18, later turned up at the local police headquarters and were charged with various offences.

All three have been released on bail and will appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court in February.

The 23-year-old man accused of throwing the bucket at Glover is charged with violent disorder, throwing a projectile, unlawful assault, disorderly conduct and rioting.

Both teenagers were charged with offenses relating to assault against the goalkeeper and referee.

Rivaling groups of fans threw flares onto the pitch, and the situation worsened when one of the flares hit a TV cameraman. Glover then picked up a flare from the ground and threw it back into the stands.

Then the fans came on the ground. Got hit by the sand bucket, which is used to extinguish the fire.

The Australian Football Association has pledged to impose exemplary punishment on those found responsible, and has ordered Victory to explain what happened so that they do not face serious penalties for their supporters’ conduct.

Victory can be punished by a fine, loss of points, or by veto of their fans in the stadium.

Two weeks after a strong performance by the national team at the World Cup, events turned a moment of euphoria for Australian rules football. Australia reached the round of 16, where they struggled before losing 2–1 to eventual champions Argentina.

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