Monday, October 25, 2010

Game Safety

http://www.edmontonsun.com/sports/football/2010/10/21/15778926.html

A football game in Canada ends up in a brawl with players going into the stands to commit assault and battery on several of the fans. The players countered with a complaint that they had been pelted with beer and other items tossed at them during the game while they were on the bench. Events that permit alcohol need extra security for the problems that brings.

This is exactly the reason why officers need to be highly visible during games. Unruly fans need to be dealt with immediately so as to avoid things escalating into a dangerous confrontation. The officers on site should have been watching for fans throwing things and ejected those who did so. If the officers were visible, they may have prevented fans from throwing anything. If the officers were patrolling around, they may have given the coaches the opportunity to complain about the fans to the police who could then have taken action.

Let me be clear. It is totally unacceptable for the fans to throw anything at sports players at any type of game. It is even worse for the players to enter the stands and attack fans. The players should be examples of good sportsmanship and fair play. Those players involved in this unlawful display should be kicked off the team forever, and not permitted to play in the league for at least the duration of this season. Officers working these kinds of events need to insure the safety of all concerned; that's what the SGT Says.

2 comments:

Bob G. said...

Sarge:
If people attended such event with the premise of being entertained by watching good sportsmanship, we could avoid a LOT of this kind of crap...that's for sure.

Wasn't that the way it USED to be?

Stay safe out there.

Bunkermeister said...

Fair play and decency are what sports should be about.