New South Wales police promise increased protection for fans after disturbing video published online.
The New South Wales police chief Andrew Scipione has promised to increase the force’s presence at Western Sydney Wanderers games after disturbing footage has come to light of fans intimidating members of the public.
More than 100 Wanderers supporters intimidated Sydney FC fans as they dined before the game, with abuse, a glass and a plate hurled towards them.
Amateur footage, which was filmed by a former police officer who wished to only be identified as Paul, showed the Sydney FC fans, which included childern and the eldery, surrounded in a scene he said could have got out of control.
Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop said in incident was simply the “antics of a few morons”, adding they will look to identify them with the help of the police.
“We will be vigilant and methodical in weeding out anti-social elements. When we say ‘zero-tolerance’ we mean it,” Gallop said.
“I know the vast majority of fans are just as disgusted as I am about the rogue elements.”
Police officials said 160 officers were at Parramatta Stadium for the Sydney derby and said more will be rostered on if it means ensuring a safe environment for fans.
The Wanderers will be keen to avoid any negative publicity off the field given their actions it have been so successful to date.
In their inaugural year they have taken the A-League by storm and are on the cusp of creating history by winning the Premier’s Plate in their first attempt as they look to finish the season on a high with the title as well.