MELBOURNE Victory has released a statement condemning the behaviour of a section of its supporters.
The club confirmed there had been an "incident” prior to its match against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium, which NSW Police were investigating.
In the statement, Victory said the individuals involved were "known to the club”, for having been involved in similar incidents both in Victoria and interstate, while noting several had also been "disruptive and confrontational” in the club's North End active area throughout the season.
The club confirmed those individuals had been banned from Melbourne Victory games.
Melbourne Victory has had an up-and-down relationship with its active support in recent years.
The North Terrace, which was formed back in 2005, officially ceased its active support in November 2016, citing the situation as "untenable and unsustainable”.
The supporter group, which was one of the most prominent and loudest in the A-League, had previously boycotted and protested limitations on active support.
It had been at loggerheads with the Victory over the restrictions placed on active support, which had included the limitation of free movement within the active area, with fans made to sit in allocated seats, rather than being able to sit or stand where they pleased in the area.
With the North Terrace ceasing its activity, the club had looked to maintain an active presence within its North End membership.
In its statement, Victory also condemned individuals who had directed "intimidatory behaviour” towards fans who had tried to coordinate active support since the North Terrace vacated its position, while it also reaffirmed its commitment to maintaining an active area in the North End.
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