Melbourne Victory supporter group Original Style Melbourne plot Australia Day return after violent pitch invasion

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Ahead of the eagerly anticipated ‘Big Blue’ match at AAMI Park on Australia Day between Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC, the controversial ‘Original Style Melbourne’ active support group have announced their return.

The supporter group were blamed for the wild pitch invasion in December that resulted in Victory hit with a record $550,000 fine, a suspended 10-point deduction, and an array of sanctions handed down by Football Australia.

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During the violent pitch invasion by 150 Victory fans, City goalkeeper Tom Glover was struck in the head with a metal bucket of sand as fans stormed the AAMI Park field and surrounded the goalkeeper.

Match referee Alex King, a TV cameraman and two security guards were also injured in the melee.

Melbourne City goalkeeper Tom Glover was injured during the pitch invasion. Credit: Getty Images

Following the dramatic event, Victory announced that they were “committed to the disbandment of any A-League Men’s active supporter groups that were recognised at the time of the incident”.

However, Original Style Melbourne took to social media to announce they plan to attend the match against Sydney FC on Australia Day.

“Melbourne vs Sydney – Thursday 6:45pm,” the Facebook post by Original Style Melbourne said.

Original Style Melbourne have announced they will return to AAMI Park. Credit: Facebook – Original Style Melbourne

“Just like in years gone by, our presence remains a constant despite results on the pitch, and restrictions in the stands.

“For this match, if you would like to watch the game together with your mates and the rest of the terrace, and not be separated within the active area – we suggest buying tickets in bay 33 to start, and then to bays 34/35 should it be necessary.

“See you all soon.

“Forever Melbourne.”

A large police presence is expected for the match at AAMI Park with Victory saying it will ensure all the sanctions imposed on the club are upheld.

“Melbourne Victory has made it clear that the active support group recognised at the date of the Melbourne derby will not be recognised by the club moving forward,” a Melbourne Victory spokesperson said.

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

Following the ugly incident, Victory’s managing director Caroline Carnegie said the club wants to rebuild its relationship with their fans.

“We’ve accepted everything that’s been handed down to us, and we’re just looking forward to moving from here and rebuilding everything we can to still bring the colour and noise and everything that makes Melbourne Victory and football unique to our games, but to make sure we do it in a way that is safe,” Carnegie said.

Greg O’Rourke, Australian Professional Leagues commissioner, said the A-League, the police and AAMI Park staff and security would all work together to ensure fans attending the game felt safe at all times.

It is unknown if extra security will be patrolling the AAMI Park venue during the Big Blue with a stadium spokesperson saying staff numbers, including security, are evaluated on a game-by-game basis following a risk assessment.

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