SANFL MEDIA RELEASE
SANFL will increase awareness about security presence and call on supporters to report anti-social behaviour at SANFL grounds as a result of complaints from the Anzac Day game between Sturt and Port Adelaide at Peter Motley Oval.
Complaints to SANFL from fans at the grand final re-match about offensive and abusive comments towards players and supporters have been investigated by SANFL’s integrity officer, Scott Irrgang.
Despite a thorough investigation, including formal statements taken from each witness and viewing of match day footage, no individual offenders were identifiable.
However, SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson said the complaints were disturbing and that the League would now take steps to eliminate this type of threatening behaviour.
Mr Parkinson said better communication of SANFL’s spectator code of conduct, briefing of security personnel and encouraging supporters to immediately report bad behaviour to security at grounds were among measures to be considered in consultation with clubs.
“We were deeply disappointed with the offensive behaviour of a small minority among a crowd of almost 8,000 which marred an otherwise terrific day of football on Anzac Day,” Mr Parkinson said.
“We embrace our supporters who are passionate about their SANFL team, and we will always encourage the traditional rivalry between clubs upon which the strength of our competition is built.
“However, we make it clear that we have zero tolerance for offensive and anti-social behaviour towards players and others which is at complete odds with the values and spirit of our competition.”
CHIEF SANFL WRITER