FFA has announced trial measures for active supporter areas at matches involving Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers for the rest of the regular season.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) has announced trial measures for active supporter areas at matches involving the Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers for the remainder of the 2013-14 Hyundai A-League regular season.
Under the measures, only club members will be entitled to purchase tickets into active supporter areas. Each member will be entitled to purchase one ticket for their own use. The measures will apply to home and away matches.
The trial will commence for this weekend-s Round 18 matches. Additional measures to ensure the safe conduct of A-League matches will be in place in accordance with the risk profile of the match, including increased bag checks.
The measures are part of FFA-s response to the incidents in Melbourne on 28 December 2013.
Head of Hyundai A-League, Damien de Bohun, said the trial for the remainder of the season was put in place following one-off measures for the rescheduled Melbourne Victory v Western Sydney Wanderers match at AAMI Park, Melbourne, on 14 January.
“The measures worked smoothly and ensured the active supporter areas were reserved for members who represented their clubs as genuine fans should,” said de Bohun.
“The trial is squarely aimed at preventing troublemakers using the active areas to engage in anti-social behaviour that affects the enjoyment of others and damages the reputation of the club and game.
“FFA has worked closely with state police forces, security contractors and stadium managers on a range of security measures. We are all absolutely determined to make sure an A-League experience has a unique atmosphere in a family-friendly environment.”