Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

Football Australia have issued Melbourne Victory with a “show cause notice” after Adelaide United defender Josh Cavallo was hit by homophobic assault in last weekend’s A-League match at AAMI Park.

The FA said the incident involved “a small contingent” of Victory supporters as CEO James Johnson expressed his disappointment after receiving detailed information from Cavallo and others.

“Taking part in actions that do not live up to the safe, positive and inclusive values ​​modeled by our sport,” Johnson said of the insulting ‘fans’.

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“I would like to reiterate that this behavior is unwelcome in football. Everyone should be able to enjoy participating in our sport regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, abilities or disability, cultural or religious background.”

Adelaide has asked South Australian police to investigate death threats raised via social media on Cavallo, which the club says has been the target of global vitriol since his decision to come out as gay.

“I would like to applaud Josh for his courage in calling this behavior,” Johnson said.

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“I also welcome the strong reactions from Melbourne Victory, Adelaide United, the Australian professional leagues and the wider football community to this incident.

“Football Australia is committed to ensuring that we offer an inclusive environment for all involved, whether on or off the pitch. These cases underline that as the most multicultural, diverse and inclusive sport in Australia, we must continue to to do more to harness the power of football to promote social cohesion and inclusivity. “

The FA said it would continue to try to identify the insulting Victory supporters in an attempt to ban them from participating in football matches, and Victory has until Tuesday to respond to the announcement.

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