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Football Australia have sent Melbourne Victory a ‘notice of cause’ after Adelaide United defender Josh Cavallo was the target of homophobic abuse during last weekend’s A-League match at AAMI Park.

The FA said the incident involved “a small contingent” of Victory supporters as chief executive James Johnson expressed disappointment after receiving detailed information from Cavallo and others.

“Participating in actions that fall far short of the safe, positive and inclusive values ​​modeled by our sport,” Johnson said of the offending “fans.”

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“I would like to reiterate that this behavior is not welcome in football. Everyone should be able to enjoy participating in our sport, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, ability or disability. their cultural or religious background.

Adelaide has asked South Australia Police to investigate death threats made via social media to Cavallo, who the club say has been the target of global vitriol since deciding to come out as gay.

“I want to commend Josh for his courage in speaking out against this behavior,” Johnson said.

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“I also welcome the strong responses from Melbourne Victory, Adelaide United, the Australian professional leagues and the wider football community to this incident.

“Football Australia is committed to ensuring an inclusive environment for everyone involved, whether on and off the pitch. These examples underscore that as Australia’s most multicultural, diverse and inclusive sport, we must continue to do more to harness the power of football to promote social cohesion and inclusiveness.”

The FA said it would continue to try to identify offending Victory supporters with the aim of banning them from attending football matches and Victory has until Tuesday to respond to the notice.

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