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SportAFL responds to 'bald-headed flog' drama at Carlton-Brisbane clash

14:45  12 june  2019
14:45  12 june  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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AFL responds to 'bald-headed flog' drama at Carlton-Brisbane clash© Getty Images

The AFL has responded to the drama that saw a fan ejected from Carlton's clash with Brisbane at Marvel Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

AFL responds to 'bald-headed flog' drama at Carlton-Brisbane clash
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A fan was removed from the venue having claimed he called umpire Matthew Nicholls a "bald-headed flog," though there was also unconfirmed reports of a homophobic slur.

Following an investigation into the matter, the AFL claimed that Nicholls was abused by a patron as he headed down the race at half time.

"Marvel Stadium security were alerted to a patron who was leaning over the umpire’s race and abusing umpire Mathew Nicholls as he was leaving the ground at halftime," the statement read.

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"The patron was spoken to by both Marvel Stadium security and Victoria Police and subsequently removed from the venue for the remainder of the game.

"The patron has received a warning and no further action will be taken."

Contrary to reports from fans and media, the AFL claim they have not changed their attitudes or approach to fan behaviour in recent months.

Several reports have emerged so far this season of fans being ejected for seemingly minor infractions as well as heavy-handed security at AFL venues.

Though in Wednesday's statement, the AFL said they want fans to enjoy games but will not tolerate offensive of aggressive behaviour.

"For over 100 years, the footy has been a place to come together, barrack, cheer and share in the experience in whichever way you choose," the statement read.

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"There has been no directive from the AFL to change this.

"In season 2019 there has been no change to the expectations of the behavior of everyone at games.

"While barracking and supporting is both strongly encouraged and a vital part of the game, offensive or aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated.

"The AFL's zero tolerance stance on vilification remains.

"Stadiums and police across the country have a zero-tolerance for members or supporters that abuse the opposition, umpires and other members and supporters, on grounds of race, religion, gender, disability and sexuality.

"Fans who breach the conditions of entry may face consequences."

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