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Football Victoria Chief Executive backs tough action on unruly clubs
Football Victoria Chief Executive Peter Filopoulos has backed tough disciplinary action which has seen clubs hit with fines and points deductions for attacks on referees, racist chants, flares and a mass player brawl.
Filopoulos said he welcomed tribunal decisions this week after a series of incidents which had brought the game into disrepute, advising that the penalties backed Football Victoria's determination to continue taking a stand against abusive behaviour.
Filopoulos stated “we all need to keep working together to keep our game strong, providing a safe, enjoyable environment that protects participants, match officials, club administrators, volunteers and spectators.
"Football Victoria supports the tribunal decisions which have delivered strong findings against poor behaviour at matches."
The incidents cited included one at the match between Westgate FC and Hoppers Crossing in State League 2 Men’s North West.
This case saw top of the table Westgate FC receive a six point penalty, a $3,500 club fine and a club associate banned for life after a can of alcohol was thrown at a referee after the game, striking the referee on the head.
The fiery FFA Cup derby between Melbourne Knights and South Melbourne saw the Knights found guilty of five offences, including lighting flares and racist chants by supporters.
Knights received a three-point deduction and a $5000 club fine. A Melbourne Knights associate was also banned for four weeks following expulsion from the technical area. South Melbourne was also found guilty and fined for participating in a melee.
Another incident led to both Essendon Royals and Preston Lions U18s being ere found guilty of participating in a melee with both receiving suspended fines and Royals getting a six point suspended sentence. The most serious of three red cards also saw a 13 match ban handed down.
Filopoulos added “Football Victoria can, and will, continue to call on a variety of sanctions and stands ready to heavily punish misconduct and do everything we can to stamp this behaviour out of the game."
28th March 2019 - Football Victoria reveals future plans and new board appointments
22nd February 2019 - Football participation reaches record levels
17th September 2018 - FFA looks to introduce new A-League fan engagement initiatives
25th August 2018 - Further AFL fan violence prompts Adelaide Oval investigation
23rd July 2018 - Geelong brawl will not lead to AFL segregating fans
15th August 2017 - Hoppers Crossing AFL junior finals brawls see assault on umpire
20th July 2017 - FFV backs inaugural National Football Conference
4th July 2017 - Three men banned from all Queensland stadiums for two years
26th September 2015 - Western Sydney Wanderers reject ‘excessive’ police proposals for fan behaviour
16th September 2014 - Footy brawls put focus on security and alcohol management at community sports grounds
8th October 2013 - Victoria Police to crack-down on anti-social behaviour at A-League games
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