FFA gets tough on soccer hoons

Soccer hoons could soon face hefty bans and criminal charges if found breaking the law and Football Federation Australia (FFA) codes of conduct.

It’s part of a tougher stance to be taken by the FFA in conjunction with NSW Police in response to several violent spectator clashes in recent weeks, including a match on August 22 at Edensor Park.

Officers had to contend with an angry crowd of up to 60 as they tried to find a suspect responsible for throwing a firecracker during a match between new A-League club Western Sydney Wanders and NSW Premier League side Sydney United.

A 27-year-old man was arrested and was issued with a number of offences including resisting arrest and hindering a police officer in execution of their duty.

He will face Fairfield Local Court on September 17.

A 20-year-old man will also face court on October 8 after being charged with similar offences.

A 16-year-old boy will be at Parramatta Children’s Court on October 8 after being charged with resisting an officer in the execution of their duty.

A number of people allegedly involved in these incidents have been issued with banning notices ranging from three to five years.

Assistant Commissioner Denis Clifford says the bans will have ‘‘a big impact on reducing further instances of violence’’.

Since the implementation of the FFA Security Program in 2008, 43 people have been banned from FFA events.

Head of A-League Damien De Bohun says football fans have the ‘‘right to enjoy watching our sport in a safe and comfortable environment’’.

‘‘As such, we have adopted a zero-tolerance policy towards those that jeopardise the enjoyment of others,’’ he said.

Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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