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"tIME TO SHOW GENUINE ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN POLICE AND FANS": FOOTBALL SUPPORTERS AUSTRALIA INTERIM CHAIRMAN PABLO BATESON
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Football Supporters Australia interim chairman Pablo Bateson says the NSW Police’s use of a football fan riot as the subject of a training scenario has exacerbated the relationship with football fans.
Bateson appeared on FNR_Football Nation Radio’s Fans United segment hosted by Joshua Parish and Carlos Alberto Diego to discuss the fallout from the training scenario where the NSW police used rioting football fans as the subject.
Bateson says it is “time to show genuine engagement between police and fans” as the heavy police presence can antagonise the minority of “loose cannons.”
“People want to see what the fans are doing as well, that’s part of the experience,” Bateson said.
In addition, Bateson encouraged the police adopt a similar model to Enable in Europe which sees police and fans working together towards:
‘Identifying, sharing and developing good practice in the management of their safety and security issues around football matches…’
Bateson also revealed Football Supporters Australia along with fan groups from the A-League and W-League have been invited to FFA HQ for a meeting on February 20, 2018 to discuss the establishment of the congress.
“It’s an opportunity for fans to have direct involvement in this process,” Bateson said.
Fans United airs every Tuesday from 9am (AEDT) hosted by Joshua Parish and Carlos Alberto Diego on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
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