Western Sydney Wanderers say police crackdown on Red and Black Bloc is excessive

September 25, 2015

Under siege: Sections of Western Sydney Wanderers fans are in the sights of polics.

Under siege: Sections of Western Sydney Wanderers fans are in the sights of polics. Photo: Getty Images

The Western Sydney Wanderers have slammed a proposed police crackdown on crowd behaviour as excessive.

The Wanderers believe the proposals, which included prohibiting banners and flags, and stopping supporters marching en-masse to the ground, will detract from their home ground experience.

Ahead of the A-League’s season kickoff in a fortnight, local Parramatta authorities and police presented the club’s supporter group, the Red and Black Bloc, with a number of recommended match-day regulations.

Police also want a zero tolerance on swearing, as well as banning any standing in aisles or side-to-side movement in the crowd.

The A-League club, which has been acting as a mediator between the authorities and its supporter base  for some months, was critical of the proposals.

“While the club will never tolerate flares or any form of anti-social behaviour, the club has opposed the severity of the proposals and what we believe is excessive and we feel compromises the enjoyable football experience,” the club statement said.

Some members of the Red and Black Bloc clashed with the police at a game in April when authorities were alleged to have used pepper spray on fans.

The Wanderers, who play their FFA Cup quarter-final against Perth next week, kick off the season against the Brisbane Roar at home on October 8.

AAP

The Canberra Times

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