Melbourne City goalkeeper Tom Glover opens a scary invasion of the A-League pitch that left him with beatings and a concussion

Melbourne City goalkeeper Tom Glover has broken his silence after suffering a concussion and a cut to his face during Melbourne’s derby pitch invasion that delivered one of Australian sport’s darkest nights.

A distraught Glover, who wore a large bandage over his face, told the media he was unable to train and was disappointed by the ugly scenes.

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Glover was injured after being hit in the head by a metal bucket of sand on Saturday night as Melbourne Victory fans stormed the AAMI Park field and surrounded the goalkeeper.

He said he was feeling good and could train with his teammates tomorrow.

Melbourne City goalkeeper Tom Glover speaks to the media after being attacked by a fan during an A-League game. Credit: Channel 7 / Getty Images

“I think the incident is very disappointing for Australian football in general,” Glover said.

“I’m OK. I can’t train today because of protocols, but I’ll be back on the pitch tomorrow.”

The Melbourne City glover said the A-League hopes to capitalize on the excitement the Socceroos have been building across the country following their recent FIFA World Cup success, but now the opportunity is ruined.

Melbourne City goalkeeper Tom Glover speaks to the media after being attacked by a fan during a violent pitch invasion. Credit: Sutton, Ben/channel 7

“The Socceroos were at their peak and we kind of rode the wave away,” Glover said.

“It was just a small minority that ruined it.”

Prior to the pitch invasion, Glover threw one of the flares thrown onto the pitch back into the crowd of Melbourne Victory fans, enraging the fans who then invaded the pitch.

Although Glover admitted his “never intention was to throw it (the torch) over the fence”, he is still under investigation by Football Australia and could face sanctions.

“The moment a flare enters the field is the moment that starts the whole event,” said FA chief executive James Johnson.

Police have released images of the men they plan to question following the Melbourne A-League pitch invasion. Credit: Victoria police

The game’s governing body confirmed on Monday that Melbourne Victory would have until 9am AEDT on Wednesday to show why the club “should not face serious sanctions for discrediting the game through the behavior of their fans.” has brought”.

Effects confirmed by the FA could include “financial penalties, loss of competition points and/or games being played behind closed doors or in neutral territory”.

“As we made clear on Saturday night after the game was abandoned, we will quickly investigate this matter and, if necessary, impose the strictest sanctions on the club and those involved,” Johnson said in a statement.

Glover said he was focused on the Melbourne City game next week and that police could look into sanctions over the shocking incident.

Tom Glover removes a flare from the field and throws it at the crowd of Melbourne Victory fans. Credit: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

“The police investigations are doing their thing. For me it’s just about getting back on the pitch and being ready for the next week,” he said.

“The police will look into this, so it’s kind of out of my control.

“Sanctions are beyond my control, my main focus is to help Australian football go in the right direction and not reflect badly on it.”

Melbourne City’s next A-League game is on Tuesday 27 December at home in AAMI Park against Central Coast Mariners.

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