Large Police Presence Set For The Grand Final

"Keep it friendly"

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NSW Police have issued a stern warning to all Grand Final goers this Sunday, saying they will be targeting trouble makers, anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related crime to ensure the safety of all fans. 

Police will launch a high-visibility operation to ensure the safety and security of all attending this year's decider with an expected crowd of 80,000 spectators set to descend on ANZ Stadium. 

South West Metropolitan Region Commander, Assistant Commissioner Frank Mennilli, said police will not tolerate any trouble makers. 

“Despite a NSW team not featuring in the game, we are expecting large crowds and our priority will be the safety of fans, players, and officials,” Assistant Commissioner Mennilli said.

“Expect to see officers out and about targeting those who engage in anti-social behaviour or alcohol-fuelled violence.

“The message is simple, if you play up you will be ejected from the stadium immediately and you may very well face further police action."

Anyone ejected from ANZ Stadium could face a ban from the stadium for up to 12 months, including for anti-social behaviour. 

“Spectators need to be considerate of others during post-match celebrations; whether your team wins or loses on Sunday, there is no excuse for violence, intimidation or anti-social behaviour, “Assistant Commissioner Mennilli said.

“To anyone celebrating across the state before, during and after the match and over the weekend, I’d like to remind you to drink responsibly and know your limits.

“Excessive alcohol consumption can turn anyone into an offender or victim of crime so keep an eye on your mates and think before you drink."