The A-League Melbourne derby has been called off after a spectator injured a player and the referee during a pitch invasion.
The incident occurred in the 22nd minute of a match between Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory when fans ran onto the pitch.
Alex King, the referee who attempted to protect City goalkeeper Tom Glover, ended up with cuts on his face and the goalkeeper’s after being hit by a metal bucket.
Glover received several stitches before being transported to the hospital for scans.
In a statement, City confirms that is expected to be further assessed by the club doctor.
“The actions that occurred, that saw spectators enter the pitch and injure a Melbourne City FC player, an official and a Network 10 cameraman, are not acceptable under any circumstance and have no place in football,” it noted.
Both sets of fans had been throwing flares on the field but the situation escalated when a flare appeared to hit a television cameraman. Glover later picked up another flare off the ground and threw it back into the stands.
Writing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare