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"Gonna Have Another Crack": Police and Security Ready for Another Showdown

“Gonna Have Another Crack”: Police and Security Ready for Another Showdown

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Police and Security Prepared for Another McLinden Pitch Invasion


Former NRL player Mark McLinden has announced his intention to invade the pitch during the Sunday’s NRL grand final, similar to what he did last year. McLinden was arrested by NSW Police after he jumped the fence and ran onto the playing field during the second half of the Eels-Panthers decider last year. He disrupted the match in an environmental protest, wearing a yellow shirt with slogans advocating for the end of coal, gas, and oil. McLinden attempted to chain himself to the goal posts with a bike chain but was stopped by security.

Security Measures

NSW Police, the NRL, and Accor Stadium security have been placed on high alert following McLinden’s announcement. Stadium officials and security have been carrying photos of McLinden to staff to alert them of the potential threat. Police visited McLinden during the week to ensure he wasn’t planning another raid and visited his home on the day of the game but he was not there, raising concerns that he might be traveling to the ground. McLinden also released a statement just before the game, stating his intention to enter the field again unless authorities stop him.

Editorial: Balancing Freedom of Expression and Public Safety

McLinden’s previous pitch invasion during the grand final sparked controversy and raised questions about the balance between freedom of expression and public safety. While it is important to respect individuals’ right to protest and express their views, it is equally important to ensure the safety of players, officials, and spectators at sporting events.

Pitch invasions can disrupt the flow of the game, create potential safety risks, and divert attention away from the main event. It is important for authorities to maintain control and implement appropriate measures to prevent such incidents. Furthermore, stadiums and event organizers should review and strengthen their security protocols and procedures to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Advice for Future Events

In order to prevent similar incidents in the future, there are several steps that can be taken. Firstly, increased security measures can be implemented, including stricter checks at the entrance to stadiums and increased surveillance within the venue. Staff should be trained to identify potential threats and respond appropriately. Additionally, collaboration between event organizers, police, and security agencies is crucial to ensure effective communication and coordination.

Furthermore, education and awareness programs could be implemented to promote respectful protest and alternative channels for expressing grievances. This could help channel the energy and passion of individuals like McLinden towards constructive and non-disruptive advocacy.

Ultimately, striking the right balance between freedom of expression and public safety is a challenge that requires ongoing dialogue and collaboration between various stakeholders. It is important to find solutions that respect individual’s rights while also ensuring the smooth and safe conduct of sporting events.


"Gonna Have Another Crack": Police and Security Ready for Another Showdown
<< photo by Chris Slupski >>
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