Melbourne Victory hit with RECORD penalty for pitch invasion disgrace that saw goalie seriously hurt – as powerhouse club will have 10-point deduction hanging over its head for four years
- A-League club slugged a total of $550,000 – with $450,000 of that in fines
- No seats will be allocated for their fans at away games for rest of season
- Football Australia took action after pitch invasion on December 17
A-League powerhouse Melbourne Victory have been hit with a record financial penalty and a range of other harsh measures by Football Australia after their supporters shocked the sport by invading the pitch during a match last month.
On Tuesday the governing body announced the club will be hit with financial penalties totalling $550,000 – with $450,000 of that consisting of fines and the remainder being lost revenue.
In addition, no seating will be allocated for their fans at away games for the rest of the 2022-23 regular season and finals series.
Melbourne City goalie Tom Glover had to be escorted off the field after he was attacked with a metal bin during the shameful scenes on December 17
Victory fans (seen during the pitch invasion) have now been barred from attending away games for the rest of the 2022-23 A-League season
The team must also block their fans from sitting behind the goals at the north end of their AAMI Park home ground for the rest of the current campaign.
Victory will have a suspended 10-point deduction hanging over their heads for the next three seasons, ready to be triggered any time their supporters misbehave.
The remainder of the round eight match against Melbourne City that had to be abandoned after 22 minutes due to the shocking scenes will have to be replayed in April this year.
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