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‘Overkill’: AFL ramps up presence of ‘Behavioural Awareness Officers’

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New ‘Behavioural Awareness Officers’ are patrolling AFL games after a spate of controversy surrounding the ejection of fans.

Marvel Stadium has stepped up its security with the new vests spotted around the Melbourne stadium in pairs.

It comes after a Carlton fan was ejected from a game for calling an umpire a “bald-headed flog”.

The ‘security’ personnel patrol the stadium in blue vests with the words ‘report anti-social behaviour’.

Deborah Knight questions if that’s the right way to go about it.

“Behavioural awareness officers – it sounds like something out of 1984, it’s a little bit overkill.

“If you don’t allow people to express that passion then people won’t turn out.”

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Deborah Knight