Melbourne Victory can confirm it will not appeal the decision of Football Federation Victoria's Independent Disciplinary Tribunal regarding fan behaviour at the Round 9 PlayStation 4 NPL Victoria match against South Melbourne on Sunday, April 24.
While disappointed with the severity of the sanction and after much deliberation, the club has ultimately decided to accept the tribunal's decision.
Melbourne Victory pleaded guilty to charges brought upon the club following an investigation into the match in question. The club concluded that the involvement from people in an active area which led to an incident off the pitch, was from those associated with Melbourne Victory Football Club.
The club assisted Football Federation Victoria's investigation into the incident, which saw 17 individuals found guilty of participating in anti-social behaviour and subsequently sanctioned.
Melbourne Victory is incredibly disappointed that the actions of these people have directly compromised the club's youth program. The club's young players, who earned the right to participate in the PS4 NPL Victoria competition, have had their development stifled by the immediate loss of points and the potential for further loss of points over the next 12 months.
Melbourne Victory has maintained a strong stance against anti-social behaviour from people associated with the club.
With the NPL sanction and suspended sanction, as well as the Hyundai A-League team's three-point suspended sanction through to February 2017, there cannot be a repeat of any behaviour like this. The club is sure that everyone understands what is at stake and any further incidents will compromise the very essence of what the club endeavours to deliver to its members and fans; results.
The club has implemented changes to its security measures for the remainder of the PS4 NPL Victoria season, and has undertaken a comprehensive review of active areas, specific to structure and standards, across all of the competitions the club is involved with. These standards will be communicated to active members.
Melbourne Victory is fully committed to ensuring our active areas are vibrant, safe and enjoyable, creating a unique and inclusive atmosphere.