Extra police will be deployed to ensure the safety of football fans at Saturday night’s A-League derby between Western Sydney Wanderers and Sydney FC at Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta.
Increased security measures will be in place for the anticipated sell-out match – including the screening of all bags being taken into the ground.
North West Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Denis Clifford, has warned anyone who engages in criminal or anti-social behaviour will feel the full force of the law.
“Anyone who breaks the law or the FFA Spectator Code of Conduct will face the consequences – including criminal charges, fines, ejection from the ground and/or banning notices,” Assistant Commissioner Clifford said.
“The rogue element that has caused trouble in the past should think twice before misbehaving on Saturday night.
“My aim is to deter that type of behaviour; however, they should be in no doubt that if they play up I will have sufficient police resources on hand to respond quickly and effectively.
“I recommend that fans get to the ground early to allow enough time for security screening.”
The gates at Pirtek Stadium open at 6.15pm, with the match kicking off at 7.45pm, and fans are urged to arrive early.
A large number of security guards will also assist police to target trouble makers, and ensure all fans get to and from the stadium safely.
In addition to the strong police presence in and around the stadium, the Police Transport Command will be patrolling trains, buses to ensure everyone gets to and from the game safely.
The FFA has gone as far as saying that clubs could be docked of competition points if their fans misbehave.