Former Socceroos goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has slammed the pitch invasion in the course of the A-League’s Melbourne Derby on Saturday night, calling it the “darkest day in soccer in Australia”.
“Our recreation is in tatters. An absolute shame what occurred tonight,” Vukovic wrote on Twitter.
“Can’t imagine we’re right here after such a tremendous (World Cup) and a lot potential to see our recreation develop. Irreparable harm carried out.
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“Darkest day for soccer in Australia.”
On Sunday morning, no arrests or fees had been made on any of the supporters who ran onto the pitch within the twenty first minute of the match, when Melbourne Metropolis had been 1-0 up.
Metropolis keeper Tom Glover was left bleeding from a headwound that required stitches after he was struck by a bucket stuffed with a retardant normally used to douse flares. The bucket additionally struck and injured referee Alex King.
Glover obtained remedy at AAMI Park for a concussion earlier than being transported to hospital.
Referee Alex King was additionally injured within the invasion, whereas a cameraman was injured by a flare. The match was finally known as off.
In different matches, followers walked out of stadiums on the 20-minute mark in protest on the Australian Skilled Leagues’ choice to enter right into a three-year contract with the NSW authorities that might see each males’s and ladies’s A-League grand finals performed in Sydney.
Socceroos’ Qatar World Cup star Craig Goodwin – who scored throughout Adelaide’s 3-1 loss to the Phoenix on earlier on Saturday – labelled it “extraordinarily disappointing”.
In an announcement, the Melbourne Victory stated they might work with police to undertake “a full investigation”.
In their very own assertion, participant’s affiliation the Skilled Footballers Australia stated the followers concerned ought to face the strongest potential sanctions.
“The PFA has met with the gamers concerned in tonight’s match and can proceed to make sure they’re supplied with the total help and sources of the PFA,” it stated.
“We acknowledge the braveness of gamers, membership workers and referees who got here to the help of one another in circumstances that nobody ought to ever be uncovered to.”
Soccer Australia chief govt James Johnson will tackle media on Sunday morning.
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