Fan accuses man who allegedly invaded the pitch in Melbourne the shame of COWARD PUNCHING victory

Football fan accuses man who allegedly invaded Melbourne Victory ground ashamed of COWARD PUNCHING in unprovoked attack that left his skull broken

One of the fans who reportedly invaded the pitch at AAMI Park on Saturday as the Melbourne derby descended into chaos has been accused of leaving another football fan with a broken skull.

According to the Herald Sun, the 24-year-old was punched by the King outside the Lion Arts Factory on North Terrace, Adelaide, just after 10 p.m. on November 11.

The incident took place shortly after Adelaide United beat Melbourne Victory 3-0 at Hindmarsh Stadium and the alleged attacker was apparently wearing a Victory t-shirt.

Fans stormed the pitch in the 21st minute of Melbourne City’s game against Melbourne Victory

The alleged victim, who was wearing an Adelaide United scarf, told the Herald Sun he spotted a large group of Victory fans after getting off the tram.

“I changed lanes because I didn’t want any trouble,” he said.

“One of them then ran down the road, approached me and punched me in the face. I immediately fell to the ground.

His friends rushed to help him and he was later rushed to hospital.

A planned protest against A-League plans to move the grand final to Sydney turned violent as fans stormed the pitch and threw flares

A planned protest against A-League plans to move the grand final to Sydney has turned violent

Victory was criticized for not controlling his fans on Saturday night

Victory was criticized for not controlling his fans on Saturday night

Tom Glover needed stitches after being crushed in the face by a trash can by Victory fans

Tom Glover needed stitches after being crushed in the face by a trash can by Victory fans

“I was then taken to the Royal Hospital in Adelaide and doctors later found I had three skull fractures and needed surgery. I also had bruises on my face and a bloodshot eye.

“The doctor said my cheekbone had become gravel.”

And he revealed he recognized his attacker after watching a TikTok video of the pitch invasion at AAMI Park on Saturday.

The Melbourne derby was scrapped over the weekend amid fears for player safety after Victory fans stormed the pitch in hostile scenes during their A-League clash with arch-rivals City .

Police say at least 50 flares were launched from the stands at AAMI Park on Saturday.  Pictured is one of the new photos released by Victoria Police on Monday

Police say at least 50 flares were launched from the stands at AAMI Park on Saturday. Pictured is one of the new photos released by Victoria Police on Monday

Goalkeeper Tom Glover suffered a concussion and needed stitches after being hit by a metal bucket thrown at him by a pitch invader.

“My friend posted a screenshot of the video to a Melbourne Victory Facebook group to see if anyone could identify him,” he said.

“He was definitely one of the captured men who invaded the pitch on Saturday night. I reported the incident to the police because this type of violence has no place in football.

“It’s really sad because these hooligans are part of a minority group that doesn’t represent all fans.”

It comes as two thugs involved in Melbourne’s ugly scenes have been banned for life by Football Australia.

Australian rules football has confirmed that a 23-year-old player – known simply as ‘Bucket Man’ – and another supporter have been banned for life.

Neither the Herald Sun nor Daily Mail Australia suggests there is a link between the two banned supporters and the thug involved in the alleged attack in Adelaide.

‘Football Australia today issued two lifetime bans, one to the spectator known as ‘Bucket Man’ and another patron, following the organization’s ongoing investigation into the unacceptable events that took place held during the Melbourne Derby at AAMI Park on Saturday 17th December. ” Football Australia said in a statement.

“Working with Victoria Police, Football Australia issued a 23-year-old man from Craigieburn (Victoria) and a 19-year-old man from Meadow Heights (Victoria) lifetime bans from all football-related activity, including including participation in Football Australia – sanctioned football matches and events, including all A-Leagues, Australian Cup, National Premier League and National Team matches, and registration in as a football participant.

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