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11 arrested as footy fans get too close


Green pest ... a fan is escorted from the pitch last night. Photo: Getty Images

NINE men and two women were arrested after jumping the fence and trying to run on to the pitch during the match between leading Scottish football club Celtic and Central Coast Mariners at ANZ Stadium last night.

A man was charged with assaulting police, while another man was charged with assault.

Acting Superintendent Mick Rochester, commander of the group of officers policing the event, said those arrested would face hefty fines and could be banned from attending events at the stadium.

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He said it was disappointing that the drunken anti-social behaviour of a few marred the night for many of the 17,000-plus spectators.

Twenty-seven people were ejected for being intoxicated, while 47 people were refused entry because of drunkenness.

Five people were issued infringement notices for failing to leave when asked, with one of those subsequently arrested.

The Mariners beat Celtic, Scottish Premier League runners-up, 1-0.

''The message is a simple one - anti-social and criminal behaviour will not be tolerated under any circumstances," acting Superintendent Rochester said. ''If you can't or won't heed the message, don't attend these events. A sporting event is not an excuse to break the law.

''If your team isn't performing well, or you disagree with a decision by the referee, you can't react by getting intoxicated, damaging property, assaulting others or making an idiot of yourself.

''Be warned. Police and event security staff will continue to act swiftly at sporting and other events to ensure any opportunities to disrupt the enjoyment of others are minimised.''



A man has been charged after a woman was indecently assaulted on a bus in Sydney's east.

The 41-year-old woman was sitting on the bus on the evening of July 2 when a man got on at High Street in Randwick and sat down beside her.

Police were told the man started singing and clapping before allegedly touching the woman inappropriately through her clothing a number of times, despite her telling him to stop.

Another passenger then intervened and offered the woman a different seat before telling the bus driver who contacted police.

The 24-year-old man was charged and granted conditional bail to appear at Waverley Local Court on July 27.

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