Victory legend Archie Thompson ‘in shock’ after fans of his former club stormed the field and gave City goalkeeper concussion in violent Melbourne derby: ‘I’ve never been so embarrassed’
Melbourne Victory legend Archie Thompson has slammed his former club’s fans for causing the violent scenes that caused the Melbourne derby to be abandoned on Saturday.
The A-League clash between Victory and City at AAMI Park was abandoned just 20 minutes into the first half after Victory fans encroached the pitch and City goalkeeper Tom Glover was attacked, with a bin smashed into his face.
The 24-year-old was left bloodied and required stitches and remains in the concussion protocol after being hit by the bucket, which was full of sand and placed just off the pitch to help stewards contain the myriad of flares that had been set off.
Tom Glover required stitches after being smashed in the face by a bin by Victory fans
The incident has left Australian football in a state of shock and the feel-good factor generated by the Socceroos’ brilliant performances at the World Cup appears a distant memory.
‘I’ll tell you what, I’ve never been so disgusted, embarrassed, disgraced… everything,’ Thompson, who spent 11 seasons at Victory, said on SEN on Sunday.
‘It’s a hard pill to swallow to be honest because I don’t know where our game is going to go now when all the talk after the World Cup was so positive, it’s funny how quickly things can turn around.’
‘I’m still in shock […] I felt like we were all hurting just watching these things unfold.’
A protest planned against A-League’s plans to move the Grand Final to Sydney turned violent
Fans stormed the pitch on the 21st minute of the Melbourne City v Melbourne Victory game
Victory fans were planning to stage a mass walkout on the 20th minute to vent their discontent with the A-League’s controversial decision to move the Grand Final to Sydney.
Since the A-League started in 2005, clubs have needed to earn the right to host the grand final based on how they performed in the finals series. The NSW decision flies in the face of A-League tradition.
This week, supporter groups across the country have lashed out at the deal – worth $10million – and announced their intention to voice their opposition by leaving games on the 20-minute mark.
But Thompson insisted those responsible for the violence at AAMI Park did not have football’s best interest at heart and questioned the lack of an adequate police response.
Former Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson said he was shocked by the incidents that unfolded at AAMI Park on Saturday which forced the Melbourne derby to be abandoned
The former Socceroos striker said those involved in the incidents were not football fans
‘I wouldn’t even classify them as football fans, I would classify them as fans of violence, that’s all it is,’ he said.
‘Where are all, maybe the police to prepare for maybe something to happen, they should have maybe implemented a lot of that beforehand.
‘I’ve been at a lot of football games before where there are more police than supporters.
‘These things should have been thought of before all these things happened.’