Headquartered in Brisbane with an Australia-wide network of satellite offices, PaySmart is one of Australia’s largest and longest-standing direct debit billing companies. In 1996 we began…read more
Geelong brawl will not lead to AFL segregating fans
AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan has ruled out segregating fans after a brawl erupted following Saturday night’s fixture between the Cats and Melbourne at Geelong's GMHBA Stadium.
Speaking to Triple M, McLachlan advised “segregation is not happening.
"We have seven million people go to our game … everyone gets on famously, it's a part of our game, sitting with opposition supporters, we're able to do it the right way and have a great time.”
An earlier statement from the Kardinia Park Trust has suggested that it would consider separating fans from opposing teams in response to the brawl at the venue.
Trust Chief Executive Michael Brown said the idea did not appeal to him, but it was an option, commenting “we've been really lucky in AFL football that we haven't had to do that (and) we'd prefer not to do that.
"Kardinia Park is the people's ground, it's a ground of the community. However, if the behaviour continues to be not of an appropriate standard, all those measures need to be considered by the trust."
McLachlan said all fans should not be punished for the actions of a few, adding “the issue here is individual accountability.
"It's idiotic, crazy behaviour, and they need to be held to account. Police need to be prosecuting these guys and holding them to account."
Victorian Police are investigating one allegation of assault at three-quarter time of the match, while a video on social media showed several men pushing and kicking each other in the stands after the match finished.
The brawl was the latest in a series of violent crowd incidents at AFL venues this season.
A man was glassed at Kardinia Park during a match between Geelong and Carlton, while fights were caught on camera at two separate matches at Docklands.
The first fight at Docklands, involving 10 fans, broke out during a St Kilda and Collingwood, while a week later nine people became caught up in a brawl when the Magpies played the Western Bulldogs.
In April, a fight broke out during a Port Adelaide and Geelong match at Adelaide Oval.
Brown said those responsible for Saturday's brawl would be banned from the venue, and he called for the Melbourne and Geelong football clubs to revoke the memberships of any members identified in the violence.
Brown added “clubs are crowing about the numbers of people they have attracted to the game but there's some responsibility with that.
"If I'm a member of a golf club, I have a series of behaviours that I have to adhere to. And I think that members of football clubs should have the same."
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews told ABC Radio Melbourne that one of the great features of AFL was that opposing fans were not segregated, concluding “that's a unique feature (of AFL) and we should do everything we can to hold on to that," he said.
"No one's diminishing how ugly those scenes were, how serious this issue is.
"Having seen the footage on the news last night, it seemed to me there had been a fair few beers drunk down there.
"The key point is this: if you're in that sort of state perhaps you shouldn't have been served."
13th June 2018 - FANS RATE NEW OPTUS STADIUM AS BEST FOR AFL
7th November 2017 - AFL AIMS FOR NEW PERTH STADIUM TO DRIVE 2018 ATTENDANCE RECORD
2nd November 2017 - GEELONG FC ANNOUNCES GMHBA STADIUM NAMING RIGHTS DEAL
30th June 2017 - NEW CHAIR ANNOUNCED FOR KARDINIA PARK TRUST
13th April 2017 - RACIST ABUSE FROM FANS ‘WRECKING’ AFL SAYS ADELAIDE STAR EDDIE BETTS
26th September 2015 - PERTH STADIUM MANAGEMENT CONDEMN FAN VIOLENCE AT DOMAIN STADIUM
18th June 2015 - VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT BACKS STADIUM UPGRADES IN BALLARAT AND BENDIGO
Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?
The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.
However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.
Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.
Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.
Click here to subscribe.
The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.
Life Fitness Cardio Life Fitness Strength Hammer Strength Group Cycling Rowers Certified Refurbished Freeweights Benches & Racks Flooring Life Fitness is the global leader in the fitness…read more
Vticket Pty Ltd is the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc., the world leader in high-speed access control, admission control and ticketing software for the…read more
Centaman has been a market leader in Enterprise Software Solutions for the leisure and recreation industry and both profit and not-for-profit attractions since 1991. It offers a wide range of software…read more
Over the past 10 years Debitsuccess has been providing expert billing services to businesses across Australia. Debitsuccess is now the largest full service direct debit provider in Australasia,…read more
Gunnebo is a global provider of security and access control solutions and services with sales companies in 31 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australia.…read more
Tim Batt Water Solutions are at the very forefront of the commercial aquatic business in Australia, with over 30 years specific experience supplying and installing chemical control and dosing…read more
Smart Connection Consultancy is a boutique sport and recreation consultancy who has become one of Australia’s leading advocates for the use of synthetic sports surfaces as a vehicle to grow…read more
get listed with our suppliers directory
Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!