Drunk fans at Boxing Day Ashes Test warned of hefty fines, arrest

Thursday, December 23, 2010

MELBOURNE - Misbehaving drunks attending the Boxing Day Test of the Ashes series between Australia and England face big fines and eviction, Melbourne police have warned.

Acting Superintendent Paul Pottage said that police would be out in force around the Melbourne Cricket Ground to monitor crowd behaviour.

“If you have too much to drink I can guarantee it’s going to cost you 478 dollars, and you will be locked up, evicted and won’t see the rest of the game,” the Age quoted Pottage, as saying.

He said that police did not intend to dampen people’s fun during the Test, but would not tolerate bad behaviour.You can sing, you can have a drink, you can make a lot of noise, but if you throw objects, if you disrupt the game for other patrons you will be out here and not inside,” Pottage said.

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia (CA) Chief Executive James Sutherland said that he fully supported police efforts to keep the fans under control.

“We’re just wanting to put the message out there that those who are ruining other people’s fun won’t be tolerated and the appropriate action will be taken in those situations,” Sutherland said. (ANI)

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