A-League pitch invasion: Melbourne derby abandoned after fans attacked goalkeeper Tim Glover

The A-League men’s Melbourne derby has been abandoned due to safety concerns for players after fan protests led to a turf invasion in one of the ugliest scenes in the history of the competition.

Supporters from the Melbourne Victory active area stormed onto the pitch just after the 20-minute mark of the game at AAMI Park on Saturday night and Melbourne City goalkeeper Tom Glover was left with a head injury and a suspected concussion after falling from a metal bucket had been hit.

WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Glover is attacked by fans in a violent invasion of the pitch.

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Both fans had thrown torches onto the pitch.

But the situation escalated when a flare appeared to hit a Network 10 cameraman and then exploded as Glover picked up another off the ground and threw it back into the stands.

The fans then stormed the field and Glover was hit by the metal bucket used to dispose of flares and immediately began bleeding from his temple, requiring medical attention.

The club later said he suffered a suspected concussion.

Tom Glover is helped off after fans storm the field. Recognition: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images
Fans storm the pitch during the A-League derby. Recognition: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images
The security forces were powerless to stop the fans. Recognition: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

Players from both teams were quickly herded through the tunnel and play was halted before officials made the decision to abandon play.

A tense atmosphere prevailed early in the game as both groups of active fans planned to leave the game after 20 minutes as part of a protest against the Australian Professional Leagues.

Fans across the competition protested the league’s decision to sell the next three major finals to Sydney.

Both groups of fans began chanting “f*** the APL” immediately after the end of the previous A-League women’s game.

Victory and City fans unfurled banners before the game and halfway through, respectively, citing their displeasure with the APL.

Victory fans set off small fireworks and then flares while their goalie Paul Izzo had to help clear flares thrown by City fans.

After that, the game went into chaos.

City were 1-0 up when the game ended thanks to Aiden O’Neill’s 11th-minute goal.

The horrifying scenes quickly drew widespread criticism on what was an ugly night for the sport.

– AAP

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