The Melbourne derby has been abandoned after terrifying scenes, which saw fans storm the AAMI Park pitch and a goalkeeper left bleeding in a dark day for football in Australia
Saturday night’s match between Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory was called off just after the 20-minute mark after a protest against the A-League’s recent decision to move the grand final to Sydney took an ugly, unacceptable turn.
Fans from both clubs hurled flares onto the pitch, but when City goalkeeper threw a flare back into the Victory fans area at the northern end, it sparked a wild reaction as scores of Victory fans stormed the pitch, and encircled Thomas Glover in scary scenes.
Then one Victory fan grabbed a bucket and threw it into Glover’s face, instantly cutting the City custodian’s face wide open.
It forced all the players and coaches to leave the pitch and technical area.
The shocking scenes drew a scathing response from the football community.