Victoria Police have released more images of alleged instigators behind the Melbourne pitch invasion, revealing one was already on a 10-year ban from attending A-League games and has left the country to Europe.
Up to 42 people have been identified after a mob stormed the AAMI Park pitch on December 17 during the first half of the derby match between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne FC.
“Victoria Police will refer the names of all individuals charged with the more serious charges of violent disorder, assault and/or discharge missile to Football Australia in the coming days,” a Victoria Police spokesman said.
The incident has been referred to as football’s “night of shame” after Melbourne City goalkeeper Tom Glover and referee Alex King were injured after allegedly being struck with a metal bucket full of sand.
A cameraman was allegedly hit in the back of the head with a flare, resulting in contusion and burnt clothing.
Thirty-two people have been charged with offences including assault, violent disorder, criminal damage, riotous behaviour and discharging missiles.
Five others have been fined or cautioned.
In another twist, police revealed one of the five people identified, who is yet to be processed, departed Australia days after the match.
Detectives became aware the man, 33, boarded a flight to Europe and was at the time banned from attending A-League games for 10 years.
He is expected to be charged with violent disorder and discharging a missile upon his return to Australia, a Victoria Police spokesman said.
Detectives are appealing for public assistance to identify 11 other individuals who they allege are the final unidentified people responsible for violent disorder and discharging missiles that day.
One is being sought for allegedly hurling a pole at a Public Order Response Team officer shortly after the pitch invasion.
Others are wanted to allegedly throwing broken seating and chairs, poles and bottles at police.
Originally published as Police close in on rest of alleged pitch invaders