Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe has urged Western Australian football fans to stay united and get behind the team for the last home game of the regular season against Melbourne City this weekend.
While the team has been eliminated from finals football-pending an appeal against Football Federation of Australia’s ruling-Lowe said there was still plenty to play for.
He said he understood the events of the past few days had hurt not only players and staff but fans and members alike.
“They’re hurting as bad as we’re hurting and I think for them, this playing group and the coaching group and everybody in the staff here are together, massively together, and we’d be nothing really…we’re not even an entity without the supporters” he said.
But he hoped fans and members would turn out in numbers to support the team come Sunday at nib Stadium.
“They’ve had a tough time and we feel for them, we really do….and I think perhaps them coming to engross us and support us and just give us comfort by the numbers that turn out, that will be a big showing for the playing group and it shows everyone’s behind us and I believe they truly are, cause they have been all year” he said.
Lowe also pleaded with fans not to repeat the anti-social behaviour which resulted in a 13-year old boy being injured and taken to hospital after a flare was ignited in the stands.
The coach paid the teenager a visit over the weekend to wish him a speedy recovery and was quick to stress there was no place for flares to be lit in a family friendly environment.
“It’s sad the way it happened for him and obviously you can’t condone that and really you shouldn’t be bringing things like that to the football ground because it’s dangerous…but the kid’s in good spirits under the circumstances, and hopefully he’ll be up and about kicking a ball soon with his mates”
Two teenagers have since been charged over the incident and will face court at a later date.
Meantime, Glory faces City at nib Stadium on Sunday at 3pm.
Get to the game and wear your colours with pride. It’s what the boys will be playing for.
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