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Crowd behaviour costs Victory $50k and suspended points sanction

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Melbourne Victory have been hit with a $50,000 fine and a suspended three competition point deduction for fans’ misbehaviour at Saturday’s Melbourne A-League derby.

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The Football Federation Australia (FFA) sanction is for bringing the game into disrepute as a result of seven flares being let off inside and outside AAMI Park, an alleged assault on a TV news crew and missiles thrown at a Melbourne City player and a police officer.

They are the same sanctions FFA imposed on fellow A-League heavyweights Western Sydney Wanderers a week earlier after Wanderers supporters let off 25 flares and detonators at Etihad Stadium during their clash with Melbourne Victory.

Victory’s points sanction is suspended for 12 months and will only be enforced if another `serious incident’ occurs, with that decision at the discretion of FFA.

“The behaviour of a number of Melbourne Victory supporters last Saturday night was deplorable and cast a shadow over what was a fabulous game of A-League football,” said FFA CEO David Gallop.

“It’s staggering that these dangerous incidents happened just days after FFA had applied sanctions to the Western Sydney Wanderers because of the actions of some fans.

“The focus on fan behaviour could not have been more acute.

“If there is any bright note in this situation, it is the refreshing attitude shown by both clubs through their CEOs, coaches and players.

“They are saying enough is enough. As leaders and ambassadors of their clubs, they want to be part of the solution.”

Gallop said FFA took in mitigation the club’s submission, in which it committed to review and enhance safety and security measures at its matches.

“FFA acknowledges Melbourne Victory’s long-standing efforts to manage fan behaviour issues.”

Adelaide United face the Victory in Melbourne on Friday night.

-AAP

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