FFA risks fan fury over crackdown

Football Federation Australia (FFA) has risked incurring the wrath of A-League fan groups by introducing new measures to control access to active supporter areas.

On Monday the FFA announced the imposition of league-wide "membership only areas" for all "Home Club Active Supporter Areas."

According to the governing body, fans will have to possess a valid season membership pass or shorter-term active area pass to enter the area in question, in a move that will limit casual supporters accessing the louder part of a stadium.

Head of the A-League Damien de Bohun claimed the new measures are intended to allow for a reduction in the security presence and policing levels in the active areas of stadiums.

However, at least one Twitter account claiming to represent Brisbane Roar's active supporter group was quick to condemn the new arrangements on social media.

@BRFC_TheDen tweeted: The @FFA has confirmed their war on the terraces of Australia. We will outline our response soon, including boycotts of @ffa sponsors.

A bitter feud developed last season between competition powerhouse Melbourne Victory and one of its largest supporter groups over similar attempts to control access to active areas.

Supporters and journalists on Twitter expressed their disapproval of FFA's new measures.

According to FFA, the new limitations will be in place for the 2014-15 season and will be reviewed after the grand final.

Twitter reacts

Donald Sutherland
@DonSutherlandMF: Another own goal kicked in this country by another governing body. We will never progress as a sport when we continue to self-harm. #aleague

Vince Rugari
@VinceRugari: Deadset, I have not seen a single positive comment on FB, Twitter or even the comments section on the FFA website. Total disaster #aleague

Katie Lambeski
@katielambeski: @ALeague is headed down the same road as the AFL on atmospheres. Fun while it lasted.


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