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Football is for all

Following incidents that occurred in Melbourne on Saturday night, the A-Leagues clubs issue the following statement.

Following incidents that occurred in Melbourne on Saturday night, the A-Leagues clubs issue the following statement.

“Football is the most inclusive sport.

“It is for families and for law-abiding citizens who want to passionately support their team.

“The events that unfolded at the Melbourne Derby last night, demonstrated that a small minority of people with criminal intent hide within our game.

“They neither understand nor love our game.

“What they do understand is how to use our game as a platform for their anti-social and illegal objectives.

“This is a watershed moment for our game that demands a zero tolerance approach for the incidents that we witnessed last night and the kind of people that perpetrated them.

“Our Clubs will work deliberately and exhaustively, hand-in hand with law enforcement agencies, and with Football Australia – as the game’s regulator – to ensure that our game can never again be used as camouflage for criminals.”