Police warn fans to behave themselves at Wanderers v Mariners grand final

Police are warning spectators to expect a criminal record if they engage in anti-social and unsafe behaviour at the 2013 A-League Grand Final between the Western Sydney Wanderers and the Central Coast Mariners at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.

Tens of thousands of football fans are expected at the game which kicks off at 4pm.

Stadium gates open at 2pm and fans are urged to arrive early.

Police have launched a high-visibility operation to ensure a safe and secure environment, which will include ramped-up security measures such as the screening of any bags being taken into the ground.

The operation will include officers from Central and North West Metropolitan and Northern Regions, the Public Order and Riot Squad (PORS), Operations Support Group (OSG), Mounted Police Unit, Dog Unit, Police Transport Command, PolAir, Licensing Police and Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.

A large number of security guards will also assist police to target trouble makers, anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related crime, and ensure all fans get to and from the stadium safely.

Operation Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch, is urging the fans to enjoy the finals as a day of celebration that is not marred by hooliganism.

“The A-League Grand Final stands to be a captivating game attracting a sell-out crowd in excess of 43,000 people,” Assistant Commissioner Murdoch said.

“This is meant to be a fun, family-friendly event, so we are asking people to consider those around them. 

There is a difference between a passionate football fan and a hooligan.

“Whether your team wins or loses, there is no excuse for violent, dangerous or anti-social behaviour.

“Anyone who breaks the law or the FFA Spectator Code of Conduct will face the consequences – including criminal charges, fines, ejection from the ground and/or banning notices,” Assistant Commissioner Murdoch said.

In addition to the strong police presence in and around the stadium, the Police Transport Command will be patrolling trains, buses and ferries, as well as major transport hubs, to ensure everyone gets to and from the game safely.

Fans are urged to leave the car at home, as travel on public transport is included in their Grand Final ticket.

Visit the events page at www.131500.com.au or call 131 500 for all the latest timetable and ticketing information for trains, buses, ferries and taxi ranks.

For all special event traffic information and live traffic reports, refer to the live traffic website for details: http://livetraffic.rta.nsw.gov.au/.