Simon Hill says A-League team staffer blamed him for Melbourne derby horror

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Australia’s voice of football Simon Hill says A-League team staffer accused him of ‘fanning the flames’ and contributing to horror pitch invasion at Melbourne derby

  • Simon Hill says he was accused of ‘fanning the flames’ of the AAMI Park chaos 
  • Australian football endured its darkest day when 150 fans invaded the pitch 
  • Tensions were already nearing boiling point due to the A-League’s NSW deal
  • Hill spoke out against the $10m move and says he was criticised for it 

Simon Hill has revealed how he was blamed for ‘fanning the flames’ prior to the horrific scenes at AAMI Park on Saturday.

Australian football endured its darkest day when 150 people invaded the pitch during Melbourne City’s game against Melbourne Victory. City goalkeeper Tom Glover was struck by a metal bucket.

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Tensions were already rife among fans, who had planned to stage a walkout on the 20th minute in protest against the A-League’s decision to move the grand final to Sydney for the next three years.

Simon Hill has revealed how he was accused of ‘fanning the flames’ prior to AAMI Park chaos

The decision by the Australian Professional League (APL) had been extensively covered by a large number of media outlets, while broadcaster Hill – known as Australia’s voice of football – expressed his opposition to the decision.

And writing in his SEN column, Hill revealed how a member of the coaching staff at one A-League club contacted him to accuse him of ‘fanning the flames’ prior to the ugly pitch invasion.    

‘Inevitably with Australian football, the blame game is now in full swing – even I received an unsolicited text from a member of the coaching staff at an A-League club over the weekend, suggesting it was my fault (and other members of the media) that this trouble had occurred for “fanning the flames” in criticising the APL’s decision,’ he said. 

150 fans stormed the pitch on Saturday and caused carnage in scenes that shammed football

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150 fans stormed the pitch on Saturday and caused carnage in scenes that shammed football

Tensions had been rife in the past week after the A-League's $10m deal with New South Wales

Tensions had been rife in the past week after the A-League’s $10m deal with New South Wales

‘Essentially, he was telling me to remember which side my bread was buttered on.

‘This is part of the immaturity of the game here. He knows who he is – and he is wrong – especially in his assertion that I am employed to be a voice of the game. I am employed to cover it – not by football, but by Channel 10, and SEN.’

Hill explained how he has a duty as a journalist to cover big talking points engulfing the sport.  

Hill said that the media has a duty to cover major stories and should not be blamed

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Hill said that the media has a duty to cover major stories and should not be blamed 

‘The media have to respond to events, and for people like Alex Brosque and I, who are voices in the game, when these things happen, we are asked for our opinions – and given the complexity of this decision, forming opinions isn’t always easy. 

‘Come out on the side of the money that the game obviously needs – but impacts upon sporting fairness – and you get pelters from fans who question your credibility.

‘Come out on the side of the fans, and you leave yourself wide open in the aftermath of incidents like this. You simply cannot win.’

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