Violent fan hits goalkeeper with BIN as referee abandons bitter derby game after mass pitch invasion in Melbourne

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THE MELBOURNE A-League derby was abandoned after fans stormed the pitch and attacked a goalkeeper with a metal bin in chaotic scenes.

Melbourne City were leading rivals Victory 1-0 after 21 minutes when a flare was launched on to the pitch from behind one of the goals.

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Tom Glover was left bleeding after being struck by a metal binCredit: Getty
A violent fan launched the metal bucket at the City stopper

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A violent fan launched the metal bucket at the City stopperCredit: Network Ten
Glover was defenceless as he was clattered in the head

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Glover was defenceless as he was clattered in the headCredit: Network Ten
He was immediately hurt in the attack

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He was immediately hurt in the attackCredit: Network Ten
Substitutes rushed to aid their stricken goalkeeper

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Substitutes rushed to aid their stricken goalkeeperCredit: Network Ten
Fans stormed the pitch during the Melbourne City vs Melbourne Victory derby

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Fans stormed the pitch during the Melbourne City vs Melbourne Victory derbyCredit: Getty
Glover had already removed a flare before the shocking scenes

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Glover had already removed a flare before the shocking scenesCredit: Getty
He threw the orange flare back into the stands

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He threw the orange flare back into the standsCredit: Getty
The fans behind the goal reacted angrily

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The fans behind the goal reacted angrilyCredit: Twitter

City goalkeeper Tom Glover threw it back into the stands before fans reacted furiously then stormed on as security and the referee tried to protect City goalkeeper Tom Glover.

However, the metal bucket was launched at the stopper, causing him to bleed from the face.

Substitutes also ran towards the disgraceful flashpoint to help out their team-mate while the advertising hoardings were flattened.

The referee and players were ushered towards to the AAMI Park tunnel for their safety.

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Glover, 24, needed treatment in the dressing room due to the cut – as City confirmed he may have suffered a concussion.

Melbourne City – sister club of Manchester City – confirmed the match had been called off half an hour after the initial suspension.

The referee was later seen chatting with Glover in the tunnel.

Tension was building in the week leading up to the derby match in Melbourne following the A-League’s call to stage the next three grand finals in Sydney.

Since 2005, clubs have earned the right to host the grand final based on performances but a £5.5million deal was agreed between league chiefs and New South Wales state, prompting a furious backlash.

A 20th-minute walkout protest was planned but the scenes descended into anarchy as so-called supporters burst on to the field of play.

Adelaide United and Socceroos star Craig Goodwin voiced his anger at the A-League on Monday.

He tweeted: “I do not support it. I am a player, but I am also a fan.

“Like many fans around the country, and like I said, I too am disappointed in this decision.”

Brisbane Roar fans are planning a walkout on December 23 – although local police will surely ramp up their preparations to prevent any repeat horror scenes.

Brisbane supporter group The Den blasted in a statement: “This decision not only is anti-football but everything it stands for and the manner in which it has been made and communicated shows that the suits simply do not care about us, the fans.

“For too long we have felt the our club has not respected us enough and was not acting in the fan’s best interests, and our chairman’s actions throughout this controversy confirms this.

“Now the organisation as a whole has shown that they too do not have the fans a priority No1.

“The fans should always be 1st priority.

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“Football is not a business.

“If not for the fans, then who is the A-League for?”

Flares were launched on the pitch at the other end too

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Flares were launched on the pitch at the other end tooCredit: Getty
Various banners and signs were held aloft in the stands

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Various banners and signs were held aloft in the standsCredit: Getty
The referee and security tried to protect Glover

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The referee and security tried to protect GloverCredit: Network Ten
Riot police came on to try and restore order

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Riot police came on to try and restore orderCredit: Getty
Supporters swung on the crossbar as the players were taken away

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Supporters swung on the crossbar as the players were taken awayCredit: Getty
Some held flares as they made their way around the pitch

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Some held flares as they made their way around the pitchCredit: Getty





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