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Get out Gillon
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Richmond cheer squad calls for list of appropriate phrases after series of fan ejections for umpire abuse
Jon Ralph
Herald Sun
June 10, 2019


Richmond’s cheer squad has urged the AFL to issue it with a list of phrases it can use at games after a dramatic escalation in the ejection of fans during matches.

The league will on Tuesday review whether it will take further action against a Carlton fan who called umpire Matthew Nicholls a “bald headed flog” on Saturday.

It comes as the AFL Umpires Association lobbies the league for a competition-wide campaign against umpire abuse.

Nicholls called out the fan, with security guards escorting him to an AFL integrity officer who interviewed him about his conduct.

Richmond cheer squad member Brett Beattie said on Monday the cheer squad had been surrounded by security guards and integrity officers since the Round 5 clash against Hawthorn.

A fan was given a three-week ban for calling an umpire a “green maggot” at that game, with reports three more Tigers fans were ejected the following week against North Melbourne.

It is understood a fan was ejected at that Kangaroos clash after calling an umpire a “dog”.

Beattie said the fans were in the dark about what they were allowed to say in humour, adamant any phrases with racism or abusive language were already off limits.

“We have noticed a massive increase in security around the cheer squad bays the last couple of weeks,” he said.

“There are two guys dressed up like FBI agents from the integrity department and a spotter who points us out to the integrity guys and takes photos and sends it to the club and tries to ban us.

“They are turning fans away. What are we allowed to say? Where is the line? We know we can’t abuse umpires, or use foul language but where is the warning?

“People say it is a family event but it’s not the theatre. If people yell out the wrong thing they get corrected now by the people around them. We had three people taken out of the Richmond-Kangaroos game before quarter time.”

The AFL Umpires Association refused to comment on Monday but has had discussions with the league about how to reduce against umpires.

Up to 50 per cent of umpires at lower leagues walk away from the game, with the game-day atmosphere one of the biggest concerns.

That campaign could involve players, coaches and broadcasters as the league seeks to reduce abuse.

The umpires union has an issue with the amount of replays shown of fans abusing umpires over the fence after contentious decisions, believing it normalises abuse.

The league says it will review the “bald headed flog” comments on Tuesday, having denied it had a part in the banning of the fan involved in the “green maggot” comments.

"The AFL confirms Marvel Stadium security and police evicted a patron during the Carlton v Brisbane Lions match on Saturday afternoon,” it said in a statement.

“At the conclusion of Round 12, the AFL will review all of the available information and security report to assess if any further action should be taken."

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/teams/richmond/richmond-cheer-squad-calls-for-list-of-appropriate-phrases-after-series-of-fan-ejections-for-umpire-abuse/news-story/c423031d6d5d37edc0a4164a51c925aa

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So Gil has declared war...
 

seven

Super Tiger
Apr 20, 2004
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Don’t say anything, anymore I guess.
You can’t boo, next you won’t be able cheer for goals, as that will hurt opposition supporters feelings.

Best to stay at home.
 

tigertim

something funny is written here
Mar 6, 2004
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Maybe best we just reintroduce the golf clap for everything?
 

seven

Super Tiger
Apr 20, 2004
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Tigermad2005 said:
Would it not be great if we all just did not turn up one week in protest.
An away game of course.
Like next week against the crows?
 

year of the tiger

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Are they targeting all clubs or just us - it may explain why we get so few free kicks if the umpires don’t like our supporting? ........ or my gues its just another rule change that the AFL have implemented behind our back and without telling us
 

Al Bundy

Premiers 2017 ! Go Tiges in 2019 !
Aug 27, 2003
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se7en said:
Don’t say anything, anymore I guess.
You can’t boo, next you won’t be able cheer for goals, as that will hurt opposition supporters feelings.

Best to stay at home.
LOL. Definitely trying to sanitise the game. Maybe its affecting the 'brand' and also the possible of new broadcast deal$. I wonder

Hey they will have signs on the scoreboards when to cheer or clap.

Remembering that all booing was deemed racist. Those that didnt believe it were in denial. Gets a bit difficult when a caucasian person is booed to run that line but hey they wish to educate every single person. I hate attending games as any emotion might be deemed offensive. Only allowed to cheer or clap. Forget other emotions.

Media are harping on it whenever it occurs to try to stamp it out. I wonder if the AFL is calling the shots and telling them to do it. Bad image of the game. I got no idea, just wonder.

I would love to see the next time the FBI target someone in the cheer squad that the whole cheer squad packs up and leaves during the game in protest. Continue to do it week in & week out. All club cheer squads. Let the AFL put their heavy handed approach to try to quell this via the clubs as well. Wont work. Reverse the attack if they wont give a dictionary of words that can be used. LOL
 

Al Bundy

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year of the tiger said:
Are they targeting all clubs or just us - it may explain why we get so few free kicks if the umpires don’t like our supporting? ........ or my gues its just another rule change that the AFL have implemented behind our back and without telling us
Off memory, seen the Pies, Blues & Tiges. Unsure of other state issues or clubs. Not hitting the media with it
 

Al Bundy

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by accident saw this petition to try to oust GIl. Ouch. Can see everyone on this list being banned from attending games when Gil finds out. :)

https://www.change.org/p/afl-house-gill-mclachlan-s-resignation-371fa1ef-d661-4bd8-afdc-247468e13e59?recruiter=39810893&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&recruited_by_id=a2b15e70-4cea-0130-ca60-3c764e049b13&share_bandit_exp=initial-16031197-en-AU&share_bandit_var=v3
 

22nd Man

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Re: The Gilstapo (Herald Sun

Should I self exclude for three games....I referred to Dangerfiled as a pr..k ... As in Kmac just flatten the pr..k...
 

Baloo

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Nov 8, 2005
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To think most people thought no one could be worse that Demestos when it came to running the AFL.