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‘Mayhem’ as brawl erupts at soccer match in city’s south-east

City of Greater Dandenong councillor Tim Dark said after the initial altercation the referee immediately stopped the game.

“From there the game went into complete turmoil, people jumping fences and running onto the ground,” he said.

“They assaulted players on both sides, both teams had people who were on the ground running around.”

“Both teams had a share in what was occurring,” Cr Dark said.

“Springvale City were basically locked up in their change room, too scared to come out.”

Springvale City player Steven Sharifi said his captain got hit from behind.

“His tooth got knocked out and it was just, it was just horrendous. That is not something you see on a sports pitch,” he said.

“That shouldn’t be happening and someone needs to take action.”

Football player Claude Dinca, from a rival club, watched the violence unfold and said ‘it was absolute mayhem’.

He alleged one player kicked the ball and accidentally hit the other player, who was then ‘fly-kicked’.

A violent brawl erupted at a soccer match on Friday night in Noble Park. Pictures: Cr Tim Dark

A violent brawl erupted at a soccer match on Friday night in Noble Park. Pictures: Cr Tim DarkCredit:Tim Dark

“At the end of the day, if you argue that there was something hideous on the ground, the referee would have dealt with that,” Mr Dinca said.

“They would have got straight red cards, everything would have been fine. They would have faced lengthy suspensions, the thing that did it was that all these spectators jumped onto the field and started to attack players.”

Cr Dark said the council had zero tolerance of this behaviour.

“We take pride in ensuring all the different nationalities that are in Greater Dandenong live harmoniously,” he said.

“I imagine Football Victoria will commence an investigation as well.”

Cr Dark said he would raise the issue at Monday night’s council meeting, as there was set to be another soccer match on Friday night and the council had a duty of care to patrons who attended the reserve.

He said ‘given the risk” he believed security at the ground would need to be increased.

“At this current minute I don’t feel comfortable with either teams playing on the council reserve. I think the risk is too high for the public who just want to watch local soccer,” he said.

“I wouldn’t feel comfortable with members of the public attending that event after what we’ve seen on Friday night.”

The police investigation is ongoing.

Springvale City Football Club and Sandown Lions have been contacted for comment.

The Friday night fracas was the start of a busy weekend for police.

Early on Sunday morning, police used capsicum spray to break up brawls outside Dimension nightclub in Carlton.

Police were called to the nightclub at 2am, and then the public order response team and the dog squad were called to the Queensberry Street club again about 7.20am.

Police shutdown a Carlton intersection to move on partygoers and the crowd dispersed about 8am.

One man was taken to hospital with minor facial injuries, no arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

Acting Inspector Nicole Grollo said police had a zero tolerance for this type of behaviour, “especially in the city”.

Anyone with information or who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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