Why didn’t you listen to me? Matildas star BLASTS officials for ignoring her warnings after Victory fans threw GLASS bottles at her two years before thugs attacked Tom Glover: ‘They keep getting away with this behaviour’
Matildas star Teagan Micah has hit out at Melbourne Victory for not doing enough to control their fans after supporters invaded the pitch and attacked Melbourne City’s goalkeeper Tom Glover at AAMI Park.
The 24-year-old was left bloodied and required stitches after being smashed in the face with a bin, as Victory fans invaded the pitch during the A-League clash on Saturday night.
The Melbourne derby was immediately suspended and called off shortly afterward, with the incidents drawing scathing condemnation from the football community.
Tom Glover required stitches after being smashed in the face by a bin by Victory fans
Among them was Micah, who blasted Victory for failing to address the issue of players’ welfare almost two years since the corresponding feature in the A-League Women was halted after crowd trouble.
In January 2021, Victory fans at one of the ground appeared to hurl glass bottles towards Micah – then playing in goal for City – late in the game at Epping Stadium.
The Matildas star drew the attention of referee Danielle Anderson as the situation threatened to escalate, while
Anderson along with then-City skipper Emma Checker and then-Victory captain Angela Beard look to calm the crowd and the match was eventually restarted after several minutes.
The Melbourne City goalkeeper was attacked by Melbourne Victory fans on Saturday
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Micah referenced the incident on Twitter on Saturday in the aftermath of the mayhem at AAMI Park.
‘Fans throwing GLASS BOTTLES at us and all I got was an “apology” and notice that the fans were ALREADY BANNED FOR LIFE & STILL GOT IN WITH GLASS BOTTLES!,’ she tweeted.
‘Melbourne victory continues to ALLOW their fans to get away with this behaviour! It’s a disgrace!!’
Micah reflected on the incident on Saturday and she slammed Melbourne Victory for failing to take actions to control the fans
Former Melbourne City goalkeeper Teagan Micah was targeted by bottles hurled by Melbourne Victory supporters during the game at Epping Stadium in January 2021
Micah tossed one of the bottles away before getting the attention of the referee
In a statement released on Twitter after the game in 2021, Micah condemned the ‘unacceptable’ behaviour of the supporters and called for security to be tightened up to protect the players.
‘The behaviour of the fans at the match was not acceptable,’ she wrote.
‘I am all for supporting football and the women’s game. However, it is simply unacceptable to have glass bottles thrown at me.
‘The ground officials and security must do better to protect us. Reports will be filed, something has to be done before a player is seriously harmed.’