Melbourne City goalkeeper Tom Glover breaks his silence after being seriously injured in A-League disgrace

Melbourne City goalkeeper breaks silence after being seriously injured when bin smashed into his head in A-League shame

  • Melbourne City goalkeeper Tom Glover has broken his silence after the weekend’s chaos
  • Glover was attacked by pitch-invading Victory fans and was left concussed
  • Glover described the ugly incident as “disappointing for Australian football”
  • The goalkeeper said a small minority have broken the wave the Socceroos created

Melbourne City goalkeeper Tom Glover has broken his silence after being injured during Saturday night’s violent pitch invasion during the A-League Melbourne derby against Victory at AAMI Park.

Just 20 minutes into the first half, Victory fans stormed the pitch and smashed a bin in Glover’s face – leaving him concussed and bloodied.

Melbourne City goalkeeper Tom Glover (pictured) has broken his silence after being injured during Saturday night’s violent pitch invasion during the A-League Melbourne derby against Victory at AAMI Park

Just 20 minutes into the first half, Victory fans stormed the pitch and smashed a bin in Glover's face - leaving him concussed and bloodied

Just 20 minutes into the first half, Victory fans stormed the pitch and smashed a bin in Glover’s face – leaving him concussed and bloodied

The 24-year-old goalkeeper, who was taken to hospital and required stitches, attended his first training session on Monday and spoke to the media with a bandage over the right side of his head.

“The incident is disappointing for Australian football itself,” he told Channel 9.

“The Socceroos were incredible and (we were) hopefully riding the wave of that, but a small minority spoils it.”

The ugly incident has left Australian football in a state of shock, and the feel-good factor generated by the Socceroos’ outstanding performance at the World Cup appears a distant memory.

The ugly incident has left Australian football in a state of shock and the feel-good factor generated by the Socceroos' outstanding performance at the World Cup is a distant memory

The ugly incident has left Australian football in a state of shock and the feel-good factor generated by the Socceroos’ outstanding performance at the World Cup is a distant memory

Football Australia has stated that it will apply “the strictest possible sanctions against the club and individuals involved” over the incident.

Football Australia bosses have also not ruled out sanctions against Glover for throwing a flare back into the crowd on Saturday night.

Chief executive James Johnson said the investigation into the pitch invasion would start from the moment the first flare landed on the pitch.

“The moment a flare enters the field is the moment … that triggers the whole events,” he said.

“We will look at it fairly and objectively and we will move quickly on it.

Football Australia has stated that they will use

Football Australia has stated that it will apply “the strictest possible sanctions against the club and individuals involved” over the incident

“I don’t want to comment on the result … we have to go through the process. We look at the facts. We will look at it objectively and we will make a decision that we believe is in the best interest of the game.

Victorian police have released images of eight soccer fans who may be able to help their inquiries into how the Melbourne A-League derby ended in shocking scenes.

Acting Superintendent Jason Goddard condemned the “shocking, disgraceful and un-Australian” behavior and expects police to be “knocking on doors very soon”.

“What we saw last night from those who chose to invade the pitch was shocking, disgraceful and completely disrespectful of the game of football,” Supt Goddard said.

Victorian Police have released images of eight football fans who may be able to help their inquiries into how the Melbourne A-League derby ended in shocking scenes

Victorian Police have released images of eight football fans who may be able to help their inquiries into how the Melbourne A-League derby ended in shocking scenes

“I love the game and I actually feel sad about what I saw play out on the field last night.

“I was at the game and I have seen the vision of what happened several times and find the behavior disgusting.

“Detectives from the North West Metro Regional Crime Squad are working hard and I have no doubt we will be knocking on some doors soon.”

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