Hundreds of Greek fans marched through Lonsdale Street prior to the Socceroos v Greece friendly at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.
Greek football fans lit the night sky pink through Lonsdale street last night, causing backlash from mainstream media and adding fuel to the fire for ‘anti-football’ people.
— Ari Charilaou (@Ari_Charilaou) June 7, 2016
There was a strong presence from Victoria Police, who handled the large congregation of fans really well.
The FFA has condemned the action of fans releasing this statement shortly after the pre-game events.
“A few reckless individuals ignited flares in city streets and behaved in an anti-social manner,” said an FFA spokesperson.
“FFA reiterates its firm position. We do not want these people at football matches in Australia.”
“FFA will work with Victoria Police to identify the offenders and impose mandatory bans of five years on those found to have ignited flares.”
It is uncertain as to whether the FFA could still ban fans for lighting flares pre-game, 2 kilometres from the stadium.
Greece turn tables against Socceroos in Melbourne
A 65-yard wonder-strike from Ioannis Maniatis was the highlight of last nights friendly between Australia and Greece last night.
The Greeks responded with the perfect reply, after looking second rate to the Socceroos in Sydney last Saturday night.
Greece beat the Socceroos at their own game, out-muscling them and getting under their skin. Frustration was evident from the Aussies, committing a large number of uncharacteristic fouls on the Greeks.
Some fans are calling it the worse performance they have seen under Socceroos manager Ange Postecoglou.
— Brendan O'Neill (@Brendanoz) June 7, 2016
Can I have that 90 minutes back, please? Worst performance I've seen from the @Socceroos. Slow, lethargic and very sloppy. Credit to Greece.
— Adem Barolli (@adembarolli) June 7, 2016
Greece opened the scoring early through winger Petros Mantalos, capitalizing on an Australian mistake to beat goalkeeper Adam Federici.
Federici’s worst nightmare came to life, as Maniatis hit a ball from behind the half way line, catching the goalkeeper off guard and out of his area.
A goal from Trent Sainsbury provided consolation for the Socceroos, but all in all it was a disappointing performance.
Last night’s game concludes the two game Dodoni Series, which has seen a wonderful atmosphere from fans in Sydney and Melbourne.
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