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Flares are not a football problem, they're a police problem

Jets Fan new author
Roar Rookie
15th February, 2016
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Is the RBB overreacting? (AAP Image/Paul Miller)
Jets Fan new author
Roar Rookie
15th February, 2016
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Crimes are being committed at A-League games and people seem to think it’s football’s problem. But flares are illegal in Australia, and football is entitled to the same level of police protection from thugs as the rest of society.

Tony Popovic touched on this last week, telling reporters, “If people want to throw flares, it’s illegal, they shouldn’t come to the game.”

But come they do, and for some reason the innocent are being made to pay for the criminal actions of the few.

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» Victory issued show-cause notice for flare up

We should not have to pay special levies just to have sufficient police on duty at games to prevent crime. Preventing crime is the job of the police force. We shouldn’t need private security firms pretending to be police. We have highly trained officers who must be made available.

The government is ignoring their responsibilities to this section of the public. Enough is enough!

In Australia we do not blame an innocent person for something someone else did. Football did not throw the flares, a few thugs did!

If this was a drugs issue, the police would be all over it, but since it happened at a football game, it becomes the game’s problem. How does that work?

We need a campaign of contacting our local members to demand changes. It’s not good enough!

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Football’s administrators have enough on their plates with the falling standards of tefereeing and the non-existant standards of commentating. Why are they being made to take on the police’s work as well?