Police charge three men after Melbourne pitch invasion at Victory v City A-League derby

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Police charge three men after Melbourne pitch invasion at Victory v City A-League derby

Police have charged three men with a range of offences following the violent pitch invasion at Saturday’s A-League match at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

The match was abandoned after fans from the Melbourne Victory active area stormed the pitch, with Melbourne City goalkeeper Tom Glover struck by the metal bucket and injured.

Two security guards and a Channel 10 cameraman were injured in the chaos. Referee Alex King was also struck by the metal bucket.

Victoria Police released photos of several people they wanted to speak to about the pitch invasion and related incidents, with a small number of the men contacting investigators.

A police spokesperson confirmed on Monday afternoon that three people had been charged over the incident.

A 23-year-old man from Craigieburn in Melbourne’s north was charged “in relation to an alleged incident where Melbourne City’s goalkeeper was struck in the head with a bucket full of sand”, the spokesperson said.

He was charged with violent disorder, discharging a missile, intent to cause injury, recklessly causing injury, unlawful assault, entry to sporting competition space, disrupting a match, public nuisance and riotous behaviour.

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