AFL crackdown on fan abuse



  • The AFL is cracking down on fans who hurl abuse at the umpires in an attempt to civilise crowds by censoring what they say.

    A Carlton fan was booted from Marvel Stadium over the weekend after he called umpire Matthew Nichols a “bald-headed flog”.

    “Nicholls stopped and pointed at the fan who said what he said,” Boundary rider Jacqui Reed said on 3AW Footy.

    “Fans were standing around in shock as security converged to make sure that fan exited Marvel Stadium.”

    “Officials are now on high alert.”

    Saturday’s incident follows on from a Richmond fan who was banned for three games for reportedly calling an umpire a “green maggot”.

    The AFL is reportedly staffing stadiums with clandestine fan watchers who identify footy fans who abuse umpires and turf them out.

    Filling in for Mark Allen, Drive co-host Matt Granland says the AFL’s heavy-handed handling of mouthy fans is an attempt to deal with a much bigger problem.

    “They’ve got a major issue, the AFL, with retaining umpires, people don’t want to umpire at the lower levels and they’re really concerned about abuse,” he said.

    Former AFL star David ‘Ox’ Schwarz says an education campaign is required to change a crowd behaviour which has broadly been accepted for decades.

    “For people that are rocking up to the game who have been calling the umpire a maggot for 30 years, for that behaviour to stop straight away is never going to happen unless they are informed,

    “We see blanket marketing from big companies, whether it’s gambling, TAC seatbelts, whatever it is – the AFL need to get a campaign and put it on the networks so that people know their rights and responsibilities when going to the footy,

    “They need to spend some money and educate fans on what they can and can’t say.”

    The Ox says fans shouldn’t get personal with umpires pointing out the line which shouldn’t be crossed.

    But does “bald-headed flog” cross that line?

    “I don’t want to sanitise this game to an inch of its life where we’re sitting there doing golf claps and not allowed to talk, you’re going to take away the passion and the beauty of the sport,” he said.



  • Who else clicked on this thinking it would be interesting then realised it was AFL and was like…naaah?



  • Bald headed flog lol



  • @rustycage said in AFL crackdown on fan abuse:

    Bald headed flog lol

    Todd Greenberg comes to mind lol



  • @hobbo1 said in AFL crackdown on fan abuse:

    @rustycage said in AFL crackdown on fan abuse:

    Bald headed flog lol

    Todd Greenberg comes to mind lol

    Bahahaaaa!!!🤣



  • @rustycage said in AFL crackdown on fan abuse:

    @hobbo1 said in AFL crackdown on fan abuse:

    @rustycage said in AFL crackdown on fan abuse:

    Bald headed flog lol

    Todd Greenberg comes to mind lol

    Bahahaaaa!!!🤣

    You’ll have 8 nuns at the next WTs game



  • Sheesh, crazy to think he could identify which punter in a crowd of 80000 yelled abuse at him. Maybe his hearing is compensating for his eyesight.



  • NRL will no doubt follow suit give it a few years



  • @hobbo1 I dare you to call Todd that…banned for life lol



  • ‘‘Officials on high alert’’ Lol

    Is calling someone a bald headed flog an insult or terrorist attack?



  • Ahhhhhh AFL, where calling an official a bald headed flog is treated like a capital crime, and racial abuse of players is laughed off by club presidents.



  • At least AFL hasn’t had all these penalty crackdowns.



  • @Matto said in AFL crackdown on fan abuse:

    At least AFL hasn’t had all these penalty crackdowns.

    …or a bunker that doesn’t work.



  • @rustycage U have a very good point there…the refs in the NRL need confidence!



  • The NRL refs are sponsored by Specsavers.


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