MELBOURNE, Australia ( Associated Press) – The number of people involved in a violent pitch invasion of a Melbourne A-League match has risen to 13, police said Wednesday.
Another 13 people were identified following a public petition and more charges are expected to be filed in the coming days.
More than 150 spectators invaded AAMI Park during Saturday’s match between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City, injuring goalkeeper Tom Glover, referee Alex King, a cameraman and two security guards. This happened after 20 minutes of the game.
Four individuals responsible for the attack have already been charged and identified.
The new indictments involve two men, ages 23 and 26, who have been charged with violent disorder, criminal mischief, unlawful assault and other offenses. A 17-year-old boy was charged with endangering serious injury and unconscionable conduct for turning on the distress signal. The cameraman came under fire.
According to police, they caused about $100,000 in damage to the complex and lit about 80 sparklers and firecrackers. They also threw sticks and bottles at the police in the ground.
All those accused of pitch encroachment have been released on bail and will have to appear in court in February.
In a video posted on social media, a man is seen throwing a metal bucket filled with sand at Glover amid the brawl. The goalkeeper was helped off the field unconscious and later received stitches after being hit in the face. He returned to training with the team on Monday.
City were leading 1–0 from victory when the match was abandoned and subsequently cancelled.
The Australian Football Association has vowed to punish those responsible and has ordered Victory to show them why they do not deserve punishment for the conduct of their fans.
Vijay could face financial penalties, points deduction and a possible ban of fans from the stadium.