Football Federation Australia statement regarding last night’s Melbourne Derby

A general view of AAMI Park during Saturday night's Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory clash.

Football Federation Australia have released the following statement in the aftermath of Saturday night’s Melbourne Derby at AAMI Park.

“We are gathering information from Victoria Police and others on the incidents that occurred before and during last night’s A-League match at AAMI Park in Melbourne,” said FFA CEO David Gallop.

“In particular, we are deeply concerned by the ignition of flares inside and outside the stadium by people identified as Melbourne Victory supporters.

“Given the circumstances we found ourselves in after last week’s incidents involving a section of Western Sydney Wanderers supporters at Etihad Stadium, it’s staggering that some Victory fans chose to act in this way. The spotlight could not have been more on fan behaviour.

“We expect to be able to announce the next steps in relation to these incidents tomorrow (Monday). It is worth noting they have cast a shadow over what was a fabulous game of football. Clearly, we would prefer to be talking about a pulsating 2-2 contest that was an exciting exhibition of our players’ skills and the closeness of our competition.”

Football Federation Australia

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