Play was stopped for several minutes in Sunday’s W-League derby between Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory after bottles were hurled at City goalkeeper Teagan Micah.
City won a thriller 3-2, securing all three points with a late winner but the dramatic clash was soured by ugly behaviour from Victory fans at Epping Stadium.
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Micah was outstanding between the posts, making some fantastic saves as Victory suffered their first defeat of the season, but unfortunately she was targeted by abusive opposition fans.
Micah held up a bottle that had been thrown at her and the referee stopped play as City skipper Emma Checker and Victory captain Angela Beard tried to calm the crowd.
City coach Radio Vidosic slammed the ugly conduct of the offending supporters.
“Come here, support your team, that’s brilliant … but to throw things at a goalkeeper, a female goalkeeper — and she’s a Matilda — I don’t think that’s the right way of dealing with the situation,” he said.
“(Micah’s) OK. She was a little bit shaken. When someone starts throwing bottles at you, obviously it’s not nice.
“This game is televised to America, to China and some other countries and for that to be seen overseas, it just doesn’t paint a good picture.”
Victory coach Jeff Hopkins said the behaviour was “unacceptable”.
“It’s definitely not what we want to see,” Hopkins said. “Hopefully we’ll deal with that as a club and make sure that doesn’t happen again. It’s not a good look at all.”
Teagan Micah shouldn’t have to deal with this.Source:Getty Images
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