COMMENT: Poor crowd behaviour is ruining sports

COMMENT: 

AFTER spending a couple of hours Sunday standing between the crowd and the players at Salter Oval I have one question to ask.

What is wrong with people?

It seems the days of going to the footy to support your team, have a beer or a soft drink, hang out with your mates and throw a few clever sledges over the fence have gone forever.

I have heard some good one liners hurled towards players at Salter Oval, and often they were met with a sideways smile or even a thumbs up from the intended victim.

But it has now degenerated into vile personal attacks on players, which became so bad towards the end of the season players and officials have questioned their involvement in the game.

When police are stationed around the ground at the end of the A-grade grand final it is clear there is something wrong and not for one second do I think I know what the problem is, and how it could be fixed. If sports administrators want to grow attendance, one place they can start looking is controlling crowd behaviour.

Please, take it easy at footy next season. Some of the behaviour off the field took away from what was some of the best action on it.



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