Victory served notice after fans' homophobic abuse

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Football Australia has issued Melbourne Victory with a 'show origin notice' aft Adelaide United defender Josh Cavallo was targeted by homophobic maltreatment successful past weekend's A-League lucifer astatine AAMI Park.

FA said the incidental progressive "a tiny contingent" of Victory supporters arsenic main enforcement James Johnson voiced his disappointment aft receiving elaborate accusation from Cavallo and others.

"Taking portion successful actions that autumn good abbreviated of the safe, affirmative and inclusive values modelled by our sport," Johnson said of the offending 'fans.'

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"I privation to reiterate that this behaviour is unwelcome successful football. Everyone should beryllium capable to bask participating successful our athletics careless of age, gender, intersexual orientation, quality oregon disability, taste oregon spiritual background."

Adelaide person asked South Australia Police to analyse decease threats levelled via societal media astatine Cavallo, who the nine says has been the people of planetary vitriol since his determination to travel retired arsenic gay.

"I privation to applaud Josh for his courageousness successful calling retired this behaviour," Johnson said.

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"I besides invited the beardown responses from Melbourne Victory, Adelaide United, the Australian Professional Leagues, and the broader shot assemblage towards this incident.

"Football Australia is committed to ensuring we supply an inclusive situation for each involved, whether connected oregon disconnected the field. These instances emphasise that arsenic the astir multicultural, divers and inclusive athletics successful Australia, we indispensable proceed to bash much to harness the powerfulness of shot to beforehand societal cohesion and inclusivity."

FA said it would proceed trying to place the offending Victory supporters successful a bid to prohibition them from attending shot games and Victory person until Tuesday to respond to the notice.

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