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Wednesday, 12 June 2019

AFL rules on fan behaviour


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The AFL says there has been no crackdown on fan behaviour and will take no further action against the Carlton supporter ejected over the use of the term "bald-headed flog".

The Blues fan was removed from Marvel Stadium after allegedly levelling the sledge at umpire Mathew Nicholls during the round 12 clash with Brisbane.

In a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, the league said the ejected supporter had received a warning over the incident.

A Collingwood fan was also spoken to by Victoria Police at the MCG on Monday for barracking too loudly, leading the AFL Fans Association to write to the league seeking clarification about what is and isn't acceptable behaviour by supporters.

AFLFA president Gerry Eeman said that the incidents showed that the goalposts appeared to have shifted when it comes to fan behaviour this season.

Not so, according to the AFL.

"For over 100 years, the footy has been a place to come together, barrack, cheer and share in the experience in whichever way you choose," the statement read in part.

"There has been no directive from the AFL to change this.

"The theatre of match day is one of the great sporting experiences, a place to be expressive and passionate about your team and the game, it always has been, it always will be.

"In season 2019 there has been no change to the expectations of the behaviour of everyone at games."

The AFL says there has been no crackdown on fan behaviour and will take no further action against the Carlton supporter ejected over the use of the term "bald-headed flog".

The Blues fan was removed from Marvel Stadium after allegedly levelling the sledge at umpire Mathew Nicholls during the round 12 clash with Brisbane.

In a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, the league said the ejected supporter had received a warning over the incident.

A Collingwood fan was also spoken to by Victoria Police at the MCG on Monday for barracking too loudly, leading the AFL Fans Association to write to the league seeking clarification about what is and isn't acceptable behaviour by supporters.

AFLFA president Gerry Eeman said that the incidents showed that the goalposts appeared to have shifted when it comes to fan behaviour this season.

Not so, according to the AFL.

"For over 100 years, the footy has been a place to come together, barrack, cheer and share in the experience in whichever way you choose," the statement read in part.

"There has been no directive from the AFL to change this.

"The theatre of match day is one of the great sporting experiences, a place to be expressive and passionate about your team and the game, it always has been, it always will be.

"In season 2019 there has been no change to the expectations of the behaviour of everyone at games."

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