Two fans banned after ugly stampede, attack on A-League star

Football Australia has issued two life bans to spectators involved in the shocking stampede during an A-League match at the weekend.

After working with Victoria Police, the sport’s governing body issued a 23-year-old man from Craigieburn and a 19-year-old man from Meadow Heights the two bans from all related football activity.

As a result, the two men will not be allowed to attend any Football Australia-sanctioned match, including A-Leagues, Australia Cup, National Premier League and National Team games, nor register as a football participant.

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Football Australia boss James Johnson indicated further sanctions would be handed out as a result of the ongoing investigation.

“The actions of these two, and others who are of interest to us, are completely unacceptable, and those people and their behaviours will never be welcome in our game,” Johnson said in a statement on Tuesday evening.

“Football has a zero-tolerance policy to disruptive, destructive, violent and anti-social behaviour at its sanctioned events, and it will not tolerate behaviour that has the potential to threaten the safety or security of spectators, players and officials. These significant bans against these individuals are consistent with this position.

“Football Australia is working around the clock on this investigation to ensure that the scenes witnessed at AAMI Park in Melbourne are never repeated again.”

Melbourne City FC goalkeeper Tom Glover was hospitalised after the disgraceful assault, which saw him hit in the head by a bucket.

The 23-year-old man who wielded the bucket at Glover’s head was found guilty of entering the field of play without authorisation and using an item with the intent to cause damage or harm.

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