Josh Cavallo: Melbourne Victory could face sanctions after homophobic abuse directed at midfielder

Josh Cavallo: Melbourne Victory could face sanctions after homophobic abuse directed at midfielder
Adelaide United’s Josh Cavallo is the only out gay professional top-flight men’s footballer in the world; Melbourne Victory could face sanctions from Football Australia after a section of fans directed homophobic abuse at midfielder during A-League game last week

Saturday 15 January 2022 09:09, UK
Josh Cavallo

Melbourne Victory could face sanctions after Football Australia issued a ‘show cause’ notice to the club on Saturday following the homophobic abuse directed at Adelaide United’s Josh Cavallo by fans in an A-League match last week.

Adelaide and Victory released statements shortly after Cavallo’s post, condemning the abuse and said they were working with the Australian Professional Leagues to investigate.

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Football Australia said it would consider the club’s initial response and any other measures it takes before making a decision regarding the incident, which involved a “small contingent” of Victory supporters.

“I want to reiterate that this conduct is unwelcome in football,” Football Australia CEO James Johnson said in a statement.

“Everyone should be able to enjoy participating in our sport regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, ability or disability, cultural or religious background.

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