FFA boss David Gallop has praised the changing attitudes towards the use of flares

FFA boss David Gallop has praised the changing attitudes towards the use of flares at A-League games after Melbourne Victory fans dobbed in the person responsible for an incident during Saturday's derby.

Despite a bumper start to the new season on the pitch, the A-League earned another black eye on Saturday night when a flare was left off inside Etihad Stadium during Melbourne City's 4-1 win over Victory.

The perpetrator, who was sitting in the Victory supporters' bay, was arrested after being pointed out by the club's fans and is facing charges.

While acknowledging the club and league were still grappling with the issue, Gallop said attitudes were changing.

"I think we definitely saw on Saturday night the reaction was: 'Identify the guy, get him out of the ground', the crowd booed, those are signs that we wouldn't have seen in the past," Gallop said on Monday.

The incident could lead to the club being deducted competition points after Gallop said the Victory had been issued with a show-cause notice.

The Victory and Wanderers were last year hit with suspended three-point penalties following similar incidents.

The FFA last week issued the Western Sydney Wanderers with a show-cause notice after flares were lit by the club's supports group the Red and Black Bloc during their blockbuster derby clash with Sydney FC.

The FFA extended the deadline for the Wanderers' suspended three-point penalty until the end of the 2016-17 season and the Victory could face similar sanctions.

"Although there were incidents of flares, we saw wholesale booing, Melbourne Victory fans identified the perpetrator and I think those are positive signs," Gallop said.

"But we've got to stay serious about the fact we don't want to see flares in the game.

"We've got to stay vigilant but there's certainly some positive signs that the whole game is embracing the idea that we don't have flares inside our grounds."

Meanwhile, Perth Glory and Wellington Phoenix have set their sights on handing Melbourne City and Sydney FC their first defeats this weekend in the A-League.

Glory beat the Phoenix 2-0 in Perth on Sunday to get their first win of the season following a first up 3-3 draw with the Central Coast Mariners, but both teams have bigger things on their mind already.

The defeat leaves Wellington with two losses to start the season, with Sydney FC arriving on Sunday, while Glory has four points from the first two games.

Perth takes on the unbeaten Melbourne City at AAMI Park on Friday night.

ATTENTION SEEKERS: A-League fans who light flares could end up costing their clubs competition points. Picture: Getty Images

ATTENTION SEEKERS: A-League fans who light flares could end up costing their clubs competition points. Picture: Getty Images

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