FFA To Tighten Security For 'Active Supporters' Of Sydney Wanderers, Melbourne Victory
Football Federation Australia has brought in new measures to tighten security for "active supporters" of A-League sides Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne Victory, according to Michael Lynch of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Under the new rules, "designed to more rigorously police the zones within the ground where the clubs' most zealous fans gather, only club members will be entitled to purchase tickets into active-supporter areas." The FFA said in a statement, "Each member will be entitled to purchase one ticket for their own use." The move "is designed to prevent the sort of scenes that provoked embarrassing coverage on television and in the papers following the post-Christmas match between the two clubs." The game's governing body "is aware of the growing climate condemning street violence, particularly in Sydney" (SMH, 2/2).