Police track down four more men accused of invading the pitch in A-League disgrace


Victorian police are still hunting for 10 people over the violent A-League derby pitch invasion that left several people injured.

Officers on Tuesday re-shared pictures of the remaining men they were yet to identify, after confirming on Monday three were charged over their alleged roles in the invasion.

The trio were charged over alleged assaults levelled at Melbourne City’s goalkeeper Tom Glover.

Victorian police are still hunting for 10 people over the violent A-League derby pitch invasion that left several people injured (pictured is a man police say may be able to assist with their inquiries)

A 23-year-old Craigieburn man was charged with violent disorder, discharging a missile and recklessly causing injury after the goalkeeper was struck in the head with a full bucket of sand.

An 18-year-old man from Alphington was charged over an alleged separate assault on the goalkeeper, while a 19-year-old man from Meadow Heights is alleged to have assaulted a security guard as well as the goalkeeper.

All three men turned themselves into officers and were bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court on February 27, police said. 

Officers on Tuesday re-shared pictures of the remaining men they were yet to identify, after confirming on Monday three were charged over their alleged roles in the invasion (pictured is a man police say may be able to assist with their inquiries)

Officers on Tuesday re-shared pictures of the remaining men they were yet to identify, after confirming on Monday three were charged over their alleged roles in the invasion (pictured is a man police say may be able to assist with their inquiries)

Pictured is one of the ten men police would like to speak to about the incident

Pictured is one of the ten men police would like to speak to about the incident

About 50 flares were lit in the stands at least three were thrown on to the field, police said. Pictured is a man police believe can assist with their inquiries

About 50 flares were lit in the stands at least three were thrown on to the field, police said. Pictured is a man police believe can assist with their inquiries

More than 150 spectators stormed the AAMI Park clash between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City on Saturday, injuring the goalkeeper Tom Glover, referee Alex King, a TV cameraman and two security guards.

About 50 flares were lit in the stands at least three were thrown on to the field, police said.

About $120,00 worth of damage was done to the venue.

About $120,00 worth of damage was done to the venue. Officers hope this man can assist with those inquiries

About $120,00 worth of damage was done to the venue. Officers hope this man can assist with those inquiries

Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday warned the 'cowardly' pitch invaders yet to hand themselves in to police would feel the full force of the law and soccer authorities (Pictured is a man police believe can assist with their inquiries)

Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday warned the ‘cowardly’ pitch invaders yet to hand themselves in to police would feel the full force of the law and soccer authorities (Pictured is a man police believe can assist with their inquiries)

Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday warned the ‘cowardly’ pitch invaders yet to hand themselves in to police would feel the full force of the law and soccer authorities.

‘That’s a venue that’s owned by every single Victorian and I think the vast, vast majority of Victorians would have been sickened, as I was, to see that,’ Mr Andrews said on Monday.

Asked about possible reputational damage from the ugly scenes ahead of Australia hosting the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Mr Andrews said most Victorian major event crowds did not behave that way.

Asked about possible reputational damage from the ugly scenes ahead of Australia hosting the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, Mr Andrews said most Victorian major event crowds did not behave that way (Pictured is a man police believe can assist with their inquiries)

Asked about possible reputational damage from the ugly scenes ahead of Australia hosting the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Mr Andrews said most Victorian major event crowds did not behave that way (Pictured is a man police believe can assist with their inquiries)

On Sunday, Victoria Police Acting Superintendent Jason Goddard branded the behaviour of the alleged pitch invaders as 'disgraceful' (Pictured is a man police believe can assist with their inquiries)

On Sunday, Victoria Police Acting Superintendent Jason Goddard branded the behaviour of the alleged pitch invaders as ‘disgraceful’ (Pictured is a man police believe can assist with their inquiries)

‘That’s why it’s so jarring. That’s why it’s such an affront,’ he said.

On Sunday, Victoria Police Acting Superintendent Jason Goddard branded the behaviour of the alleged pitch invaders as ‘disgraceful’.

The chaotic scenes resulted in the game being abandoned in the 20th minute after Victory fans stormed the pitch.

A flare had earlier hit the Network 10 TV cameraman in the back of the head, which police said left him with a contusion and burned clothing.

Pictured are two men that police would like to speak to regarding the incident

Pictured are two men that police would like to speak to regarding the incident

The outbreak of violence made worldwide news and Victory issued a late-night apology to those affected.

Both sets of fans had planned to walk out at the 20-minute mark as part of a protest against the Australian Professional Leagues’ decision to sell the next three grand finals to Sydney.

The crowd chanted ‘f*** the APL’ while unfurling banners pre-game and during the match and throwing flares onto the playing arena.

Football Australia, which manages judiciary matters, has promised heavy penalties and 'strong sanctions' against those found to be responsible, while also issuing a show-cause notice to Victory (Injured goalkeeper Tom Glover is pictured)

Football Australia, which manages judiciary matters, has promised heavy penalties and ‘strong sanctions’ against those found to be responsible, while also issuing a show-cause notice to Victory (Injured goalkeeper Tom Glover is pictured)

But the situation escalated when a flare from the Victory active area hit the cameraman and exploded and Glover picked up another flare off the ground and threw it back into the stands.

Football Australia, which manages judiciary matters, has promised heavy penalties and ‘strong sanctions’ against those found to be responsible, while also issuing a show-cause notice to Victory.

The club has until 9am AEDT on Wednesday to show why it ‘should not face serious sanctions for bringing the game into disrepute through the conduct of its supporters’.



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