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Alex Agelopoulos handed jail sentence after violent pitch invasion at Melbourne A-League game




Violent football fan, Alex Agelopoulos, has been sentenced to three months’ jail for injuring an A-League goalkeeper with a metal bucket as a chaotic pitch invasion unfolded at Melbourne’s AAMI Park last year. Mr Agelopoulos was then immediately released on bail.

Mr Agelopoulos’ attack on football goalkeeper Tom Glover made headlines worldwide.

Mr Glover, who now plays for English Championship side Middlesbrough, suffered a cut that required 10 stitches and a concussion.

Tom Glover sustained head injuries in the pitch invasion. Images: Darrian Traynor

The incident occurred during the A-League derby match between Melbourne City and Melbourne Victory on December 17 when about 120 to 150 people from the northern stand stormed the pitch in the 20th minute.

In a victim impact statement, Mr Glover said he had been left a “permanent reminder” of Agelopoulos’ offending by the scar on his right cheek.

He told the court that he was now fearful and anxious when out in public and felt wary when stepping out on the pitch as memories of the attack remained.

On Tuesday, Magistrate Rosemary Falla said she wanted to send a “clear message” that the actions of Agelopoulos and other pitch invaders would not be tolerated.

“You and your cohort have stained the very fabric of football in Australia,” Magistrate Falla said.

Mr Agelopoulos was granted bail and will next appear in the County Court for a sentence appeal hearing in December.

Source: ABC News

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