South Australian football fans have not required further security presence at matches, despite the increased scrutiny in Melbourne.
Adelaide Oval general manager of operations and commercial, Darren Chandler, told The Crows Show, brought to you by Optus, that Adelaide fans “really self-police”.
“I think that’s been the pleasing thing,” Chandler said.
“They’re active in using the 0400 Tell Us number where they can lodge a complaint if a spectator is behaving inappropriately.
“Fans that are going to become abusive, swear consistenly, throw racial or homophobic remarks… that’s not acceptable.”
Earlier this year, a Richmond fan was banned for three games for calling an umpire a “maggot”.
Similarly, a Carlton supporter was evicted from a match after labelling an umpire a “bald-headed flog.”
The AFL introduced “behavioural awareness officers” at several matches to try and curb abuse hurled from the stands - a move that was not welcomed by fans.
My Twitter opening instruction asks, ‘What’s Happening’ ...... should’ve added .... ‘to our game?’. 40 years in the game and played, coached and spectated at some inhospitable ( wonderful) rival grounds. This is a first for me.— Robert Shaw (@shawry_analyst) June 15, 2019
Have we really got to this? So sad if we have. pic.twitter.com/jNivgnFRQK
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan apologised to fans for the increased security and said it “hurt him” to hear spectators felt intimidated at matches.
“I’m apologising to the people who are going along to the football to have a day out and feel they haven’t been able to do that,” McLachlan said in a press conference in June.
Also on The Crows Show this week, Daniel Talia starts work experience at Bendigo Bank, Don Pyke hits the links with Liberal MP Corey Wingard and Brodie Smith gets grilled by young Crow Lachlan Sholl.
The Crows Show airs at 11.30am on Sunday in Adelaide on Channel 7.