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SportFooty fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour

16:15  15 june  2019
16:15  15 june  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has denied a league -wide crackdown on crowd behaviour in the stands . 'Booing has been part of our game for 100 years… people boo umpires all the time,' McLachlan told 3AW. 'I can't prescribe for you respectful behaviour , what words are and aren 't acceptable, the

Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Footy fans claim they're being spied on while cheering in the stands at AFL games, after league CEO Gillon McLachlan denied a crackdown on fan behaviour Footy fans claim they're being spied on while cheering in the stands at AFL games, after the league's chief executive denied a crackdown on fan behaviour.

Cheer squads at Friday's game between Essendon and Hawthorn at Melbourne's Marvel Stadium said they felt uncomfortable and awkward given the extra scrutiny on AFL crowds.

Journalist and football presenter Nat Edwards took to Twitter to say the fans in her section of the stadium felt like they were always being watched.

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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. Footy fans ' ARE being spied on ' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league ' s boss was forced to deny a

Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Journalist and football presenter Nat Edwards took to Twitter to say the fans in her section of the stadium felt like they were always being watched 'I was on level three and it was very awkward,' Ms Edwards wrote.

'Security was staring down anyone who became animated and several fans were warned for just barracking.'

'It was like we were being spied on.'

The tweet comes days after AFL boss Gillon McLachlan denied any type of crackdown on crowd behaviour in the stands.

'Booing has been part of our game for 100 years… people boo umpires all the time,' McLachlan told 3AW.

'I can't prescribe for you respectful behaviour, what words are and aren't acceptable, the fans decide in the end.'

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The AFL is facing major backlash just days after denying they had implemented any form of “ crackdown ” on fan behaviour at games. A statement last week from the league ’ s head office refuted any such crackdown was in place, but all evidence continues to point in the other direction.

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Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The controversy began June 1 when a Carlton fan was kicked out of Marvel Stadium at half-time for calling umpire Matthew Nicholls (pictured)  a 'bald-headed flog' 'Everyone should feel comfortable at the football… there's been no change in policy, I want to be clear that they should go and express themselves at the game, but it has to be respectful, and that's the way it's always been.'

The controversy began June 1 when a Carlton fan was kicked out of Marvel Stadium at half-time for calling an umpire a 'bald-headed flog'.

Collingwood fan Simon Grech said he was threatened with eviction from the Cricket Ground on Monday night for 'barracking too loud'.

Earlier this week, Brett Beattie from Richmond's cheer squad said he witnessed security guards from the AFL integrity unit dressed up 'like FBI agents' during games.

Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Collingwood fan Simon Grech (pictured) said he was threatened with eviction from the Cricket Ground on Monday night for 'barracking too loud' Mr Beattie told The Herald Sun there was a notably beefed up security presence after a Richmond fan called an umpire a 'green maggot' during a Round 5 clash against Hawthorn.

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Last Friday, McLachlan denied the league had directed any crackdown on fan behaviour , despite heavy-handed responses to crowd incidents that barely would have rated a mention in the past. On Monday night, McLachlan issued an apology to irate and intimidated footy fans via the Herald Sun.

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'We have noticed a massive increase in security around the cheer squad bays the last couple of weeks,' he said.

'There are two guys dressed up like FBI agents from the integrity department and a spotter who points us out to the integrity guys and takes photos and sends it to the club and tries to ban us.'

Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Collingwood fans have been backed by rivals in calling out the AFL in how fans are being treated at Melbourne matches. They are threatening to boycott the game The AFL's most famous fan, Collingwood cheer squad fanatic Jeff 'Joffa' Corfe slammed the league by saying he will be boycotting games until McLachlan apologises to fans for how they've been treated this season.

Channel Seven reporter Tom Brown said the fan controversy and fan behaviour is the 'major issue of the week' fans were captured on camera being told to calm down by security.

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Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
Footy fans 'ARE being spied on' in the stands at AFL matches - after the league's boss was forced to deny a crackdown on crowd behaviour
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