Football Australia has slapped two spectators at the Melbourne Derby with lifetime bans in the wake of the shocking scenes of violence – including one to the man dubbed ‘Bucket Man’.
The organisation issued the lifetime bans to a 23-year-old man and a 19-year-old man as part of their investigation into the pitch invasion which forced the abandonment of the Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City A-League Men game.
Football Australia found the 23-year-old, who they referred to as ‘Bucket Man’, guilty of of entering the field of play without authorisation and using a bucket with the intent to cause damage or harm, which resulted in Melbourne City goalkeeper Tom Glover suffering a concussion and a cut to the face and requiring hospitalisation.
The 19-year-old man was found guilty by Football Australia of entering the field of play without authorisation and engaging in conduct that did or was likely to cause harm or endanger others.
The pair’s bans covers all related soccer activity, including attending Football Australia-sanctioned football matches and events such as A-Leagues, Australia Cup, National Premier League and national team matches and registering as a player.
Victoria Police have also announced the two have also been subject to a range of charges – varying in all cases – including violent disorder, alleged assault of a security guard and alleged assault of goalkeeper, possession of a flare, discharge of a missile; entry to sporting competition space; disrupting a match; public nuisance; riotous behaviour; and discharge and possession of a flare.
Football Australia chief executive James Johnson warned there would be more bans to come.
“The actions of these two, and others who are of interest to us, are completely unacceptable and those people and their behaviours will never be welcome in our game,” he said.
“Football has a zero-tolerance policy to disruptive, destructive, violent, and anti-social behaviour at its sanctioned events, and it will not tolerate behaviour that has the potential to threaten the safety or security of spectators, players, and officials. These significant bans against these individuals are consistent with this position.
“Football Australia is working around the clock on this investigation to ensure that the scenes witnessed at AAMI Park in Melbourne are never repeated again.”
Football Australia’s investigation is ongoing and they will continue to work with Victoria Police.
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