I’ve been sitting on this for a couple of weeks, because I’m not sure of the response I’m going to get, but here goes…
Some of you may know - I have two daughters - 8 years old, and 5 years old. In the last 8 years, 7 months, and 3 days - I have not sworn once in front of my children. Not even a bugger, bluddy, or barstad.
And then I take them to their first game of footy a few weeks ago (vs North Melbourne) and somewhere during the second(?) quarter umpiring debacle the peanut (Essendon supporter) behind me decides that from the very top row of the second level of Etihad stadium, that the umpires need to hear some criticism laced with the loudest and finest F and C-bombs he can muster.
I’ve held my tongue for over 8 and a half years, this peanut couldn’t last an hour with kids literally in the seat right in front of him.
I understand sport is emotional. But, paying for your ticket does not give you the right to scream obscenities repeatedly. You are still in a public space, surrounded by humans. Act like one.
The anti-social behaviour reporting number needs to be visible all match long. Not just flashed up once or twice a quarter or during the half time break. I don’t know if this is an Essendon thing or an Etihad thing - but it would be good to have that number more readily accessible.