Melbourne Victory next in the firing line over derby flares

Crowd behaviour at the Melbourne Derby on Saturday night is being investigated with possible sanctions being applied against reigning A-League champions Victory.

Flares were ripped in and outside AAMI Park, just a week after Western Sydney Wanderers were heavily sanctioned for bringing the game into disrepute.

Bottles were also thrown onto the pitch after replays showed Victory were denied a clear goal.

The derby was stopped for a few moments with Melbourne City goalkeeper, Thomas Sorensen, apparently not willing to go on until order was restored.Victory players Besart Berisha and Leigh Broxham reportedly approached active fans in a bid to calm tempers.

There were audible boos from the crowd after a flare was ignited following Victory’s first equalising goal, scored by Fahid Ben Khalfallah.

Victory boss Kevin Muscat making it clear post-match that the majority of supporters were "fed-up" with "mindless acts".

Football Federation Australia chief David Gallop said it expected to announce “the next steps in relation to these incidents” on Monday, although no mention was made of bottles being thrown.

Wanderers were fined $50,000 and hit with a suspended three points deduction for the use of flares and detonators at Etihad Stadium during a match against Victory the weekend before.

Gallop released a statement on Sunday afternoon saying it was “staggering that some Victory fans chose to act in this way”.

"We are gathering information from Victoria Police and others on the incidents that occurred before and during last night's A-League match at AAMI Park in Melbourne," said FFA CEO David Gallop.

"In particular, we are deeply concerned by the ignition of flares inside and outside the stadium by people identified as Melbourne Victory supporters.”

Gallop added: “It is worth noting they have cast a shadow over what was a fabulous game of football. Clearly, we would prefer to be talking about a pulsating 2-2 contest that was an exciting exhibition of our players' skills and the closeness of our competition."

Both coaches slammed the use of flares. 

“It’s not acceptable,” Muscat said. “In light of what we’ve seen in the last week, those individuals shouldn’t come to our games any more."

He added: “It’s about time we grow up.”

City boss John van ‘t Schip said "fans have to understand that they’re penalising their own team.

“If you have the heart for the club then you should not do those things.”

Victory currently sit in fourth place on the league ladder while City are equal on points but third on goal difference.