Melbourne Victory handed show cause notice after Josh Cavallo calls out homophobic abuse


Football Australia (FA) has issued Melbourne Victory with a show cause notice after Adelaide United’s Josh Cavallo claimed he received homophobic abuse from the club’s supporters during last Saturday’s A-League Men match.

Cavallo, currently the only out gay player in a top-tier men’s football league worldwide, came on as a substitute in the 54th minute at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

The crowd abuse came just over two months after the 22-year-old made international headlines and received worldwide support when he came out via social media and Adelaide United’s online channels on October 27.

FA handed Victory the show cause notice on Saturday, under its national code of conduct and ethics.

FA described the incident as involving a “small contingent” of Victory supporters.

Its chief executive, James Johnson, said the behaviour of the supporters was “unwelcomed in football”.

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

“I want to applaud Josh for his courage in calling out this behaviour. I also welcome the strong responses from Melbourne Victory, Adelaide United, the Australian Professional Leagues, and the broader football community towards this incident.

“Football Australia is committed to ensuring we provide an inclusive environment for all involved, whether on or off the field.

“These instances emphasise that as the most multicultural, diverse and inclusive sport in Australia, we must continue to do more to harness the power of football to promote social cohesion and inclusivity.”

The Victory will have until 5pm AEDT on Tuesday  to respond to the notice.

Cavallo took to Instagram last Sunday to express his disappointment with the behaviour of the supporters.

“I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t see or hear the homophobic abuse at the game last night,” Cavallo wrote.

“There are no words to tell you how disappointed I was. As a society, this shows we still face these problems in 2022.

“This shouldn’t be acceptable and we need to do more to hold this (sic) people accountable. Hate never will win.

“I will never apologise for living my truth and most recently who I am outside of football.”



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