Melbourne Victory fan group North Terrace withdraw support

Passionate Melbourne Victory fans in December last year. Photo: Quinn Rooney Victory fans have previously walked out during a match in protest of the league’s treatment of fans.
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Fan group North Terrace will stop actively supporting Melbourne Victory, but has not made a clear statement as to what has prompted its latest protest.

Victory will play Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Tuesday night, but as North Terrace organisers posted on their Facebook page, the group will not have a presence in the stands.

The club’s administrators said they were incredibly disappointed by the decision.

A post on the North Terrace Facebook page said that it would stop operating due to the “unworkable circumstances” present at Melbourne Victory matches in Victoria.

“All fans wishing to continue to support within the designated active areas will not be aligned with the North Terrace identity. All materials and leadership will not be present at future matches. OUR WAY.”

It is thought that the Terrace’s grievances were not with Victory, rather with policing and security at and around matches.

It is not the first time North Terrace has attempted to make a statement about the problems it sees with the treatment of A-League fans.

Last last year, about 1000 supporters left Docklands Stadium half an hour into Victory’s match against Adelaide United, a protest against what they saw as the FFA’s overly harsh treatment of supporters banned from matches.

In a statement, Melbourne Victory administrators said the club was not notified of North Terrace’s decision to cease operations, despite both parties having agreed to keep communicating throughout the season.

“The club is incredibly disappointed to be advised that those currently representing the North Terrace are proposing to cease coordinated support at the North End in future matches,” it read.

“The timing is also alarming on the eve of a derby. To be clear, we will not change our stance of zero tolerance on anti-social behaviour. There is no place for it at our club or in our game.

“As a club, we are fully committed to ensuring our active areas will always be vibrant, safe and enjoyable, creating a unique and inclusive atmosphere.”

Fairfax Media has attempted to contact North Terrace.

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