• FFA probe into fresh fans flare trouble with Victory

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    SYDNEY: Football Federation Australia is facing more problems with fan behavior in the A-League, with Melbourne Victory to be investigated after supporters set off a series of flares at a weekend game.

    The incident came just days after the head body slapped a suspended three-point penalty and fined Western Sydney Wande¬rers Aus$50,000 (US$36,000) for a similar incident, with the FFA saying Sunday that Victory and their fans were now in their sights.

    Police said seven banned flares were lit before the Melbourne City-Melbourne Victory derby game on Saturday with a further two set off during the match.

    Authorities also reported that bottles were thrown onto the field toward Melbourne City’s Danish goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.

    “We are gathering information from Victoria Police and others on the incidents that occurred before and during last night’s A-League match at AAMI Park in Melbourne,” FFA chief executive David Gallop said.

    “In particular, we are deeply concerned by the ignition of flares inside and outside the stadium by people identified as Melbourne Victory supporters.

    “Given the circumstances we found ourselves in after last week’s incidents involving a section of Western Sydney Wanderers supporters at Etihad Stadium, it’s staggering that some Victory fans chose to act in this way. The spotlight could not have been more on fan behavior.

    “We expect to be able to announce the next steps in relation to these incidents tomorrow (Monday).”

    The pulsating derby before almost 26,000 fans finished in a 2-2 draw.

    AFP

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