GEELONG FOOTBALL CLUB PUNISHES COLLECTIVE
FOR ACTIONS OF ONE Ben Jensen 6 July 2013
GEELONG announced on Friday they are banning all glass
in corporate and other private boxes following an incident at the round
14 match with Fremantle, in which a spectator threw a bottle from the
third tier of the Premership Stand after the match, strikin a man in
the head on the ground level. The person in question has been slapped
with a two year ban from attending matches, but the club hasn't stopped
there, it has in fact decided to ban all glass at corproate boxes. It
is not clear if the ban also extends to the Social Club and similar
parts of the ground. This stikes The Cattery has an over-reaction,
treating a symptom and not the cause.
Following an incident
at last Saturdays match between Geelong and Fremantle at which
a beer bottle was thrown by a patron from an outdoor box, striking
another patron at the game, the club has undertaken the following
Through the week, senior club officials held discussions with the
victim, the patron that threw the bottle, the hirer of the box, officials
from the City of Greater Geelong, Geelong Liquor Licensing Police
and the AFL.
Following these wide ranging discussions, the following actions have
been and will be undertaken:
· The patron that threw the bottle has been banned from attending
Simonds Stadium until 1 July 2015. He was apologetic for his actions,
but nonetheless the club believes a ban is appropriate given the actions
on the night.
· Beer will now be served in cans rather than bottles in all
corporate facilities on game days
· The club has written to all box holders in the Premiership
Stand confirming that we are aware of what happened and expressing
our commitment that nothing like this will happen again.
· In partnership with City of Greater Geelong, a review of
the ESM Security and Skilled staffing levels at the entrance to the
venue and specific corporate areas to screen patrons that have consumed
considerable alcohol before arriving at games. If they are intoxicated
when arriving at the venue, patrons will be refused entry.
· A greater presence and visibility of responsible serving
of alcohol officers in the outdoor box and suite areas of the entire
venue for the duration of the games.
The club takes extremely seriously the safety and enjoyment of all
people attending games at Simonds Stadium. The club believes these
steps will add to overall positive experience of attending Geelong
games at Simonds Stadium.