Five year bans for flares

FFA has confirmed that the two patrons arrested for possession of flares at Skilled Park, Robina, during Boxing Day's Hyundai A-League match between Gold Coast United and Brisbane Roar will be subject to a five-year ban from all FFA football venues in Australia.

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has confirmed that the two patrons arrested for possession of flares at Skilled Park, Robina, during Boxing Day's Hyundai A-League match between Gold Coast United and Brisbane Roar will be subject to a five-year ban from all FFA football venues in Australia.

The banning notices will be issued once the Queensland Police and the judicial system have dealt with those arrested.

“The Hyundai A-League is all about passion, noise and color, but those fans that cross the line of commonsense and engage in anti-social behavior will be dealt with,” said the Head of Hyundai A-League Lyall Gorman.

“We have a zero tolerance policy in relation to flares and we will enforce the five-year ban.”

FFA and Gold Coast United have opened an investigation into a post-match confrontation involving Brisbane Roar and Gold Coast United fans.

The investigation will involve Queensland Police, venue security, Skilled Park management, both clubs and their supporter groups and FFA.

Gold Coast United Chairman, Clive Palmer, has expressed his concern and disappointment about the post-match confrontations.

“No stone should be left unturned in identifying the culprits with a view to eradicating this minority and their offensive behavior from the game,” said Palmer.

“I will do everything possible to support a full review of the incidents and as a club we-ll work with FFA to take firm action against any identified offenders. Simply, they are not welcome at Gold Cost United home games in future.”