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Trouble flares at Melbourne derby

Despite repeated warnings from police, Hooligan behaviour has marred a soccer match in Melbourne.
Hooligan behaviour has marred a soccer match in Melbourne on Saturday night
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Melbourne Victory could face the same fate as fellow A-League bad boys Western Sydney Wanderers after supporters let off a flare in Saturday night's Melbourne derby.

Active supporters ripped the flare in response to Luke Brattan's goal for Melbourne City in the second half of their 4-1 drubbing of Melbourne Victory.

Both Victory and Wanderers - whose supporters let off two flares in last weekend's Sydney derby - were placed on notice by FFA to improve fan behaviour.

The two clubs were handed fines and a suspended three-point deduction for bad supporter behaviour in February this year.

The Wanderers had their probation period extended by FFA in response to the Sydney derby last week, and it remains to be seen whether Victory will suffer the same fate.

Despite repeated warnings from police and clubs that fans behave, four supporters were arrested and 13 evicted from Melbourne's Etihad Stadium.

There were "several incidents of concern", police spokeswoman Anthoula Moutis said.

One flare was released inside the stadium, another outside before the match began and two more after the game.

"The person who lit the flare inside the stadium was identified and will face charges," she told AAP on Sunday.

"Police were happy with the overall behaviour of the crowd at tonight's match, however were disappointed by the behaviour of a few."

Three others were arrested in relation to assault, criminal damage and hindering police offences.

Police say the 13 evicted from the match was because of drunk and anti-social behaviour.

Players from both teams warned spectators that flares were damaging the game in a video message shown on the big screens before kick-off and at halftime.

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