Statement regarding NPL fan behaviour and active areas


Melbourne Victory wishes to advise that we have completed an investigation into anti-social behaviour at last month’s PS4 NPL Victoria match against South Melbourne.

The investigation was launched following the Round 9 match between South Melbourne and Melbourne Victory at Lakeside Stadium on Sunday, April 24. Regrettably, our findings suggest clear involvement from people in an active area associated with Melbourne Victory Football Club.

Our club is incredibly disappointed with the findings and, furthermore, will continue to assist Football Federation Victoria in their ongoing investigation and any processes that may follow. We also want to acknowledge the proactive approach taken by South Melbourne Football Club throughout this process.

In the meantime, we want to assure our members, fans and the greater Australian football community that we will work tirelessly to remove the people involved from our club and football in general. These people have no place in our game. They are not welcome in any way, shape or form.

Given the South Melbourne incident, we will make further changes to our security measures for the remainder of the PS4 NPL Victoria season, both at home and away, to deliver the best possible match day experience for all.

As a result of this issue, as well as supporter incidents that led to a $50,000 fine and suspended three-point Hyundai A-League deduction in February, our club is undertaking a comprehensive review of active areas, specific to structure and standards, for next season and beyond.

As a club, we are fully committed to ensuring our active areas are vibrant, safe and enjoyable, creating a unique and inclusive atmosphere.

We will provide further information to our members and fans in due course.