'Fencing them in' : the A-league, policing and the dilemma of public order

Warren, Ian and Hay, Roy 2009, 'Fencing them in' : the A-league, policing and the dilemma of public order, Soccer and society, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 124-141, doi: 10.1080/14660970802472726.

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Title 'Fencing them in' : the A-league, policing and the dilemma of public order
Author(s) Warren, IanORCID iD for Warren, Ian orcid.org/0000-0001-8355-118X
Hay, RoyORCID iD for Hay, Roy orcid.org/0000-0002-4946-4901
Journal name Soccer and society
Volume number 10
Issue number 1
Start page 124
End page 141
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-01
ISSN 1466-0970
Summary The establishment of an elite national Australian soccer league has been accompanied by an unprecedented growth in popularity for the world game in several Australian cities. Such growth presents numerous challenges for public order maintenance, particularly in light of the widespread concern over the relationship between soccer, disasters in major closed venues and violence. After outlining the emerging issues, and the extant Australian research into the phenomena of policing and sports crowd disorder, this study offers a knowledge based approach to foster informed, reflective and collaborative policing in elite and sub-elite soccer venues. Rather than advocating a fundamental shift in the current public order policing paradigm, we suggest drawing on elements of best practice that are currently adopted in other Australian sporting and public order settings and appropriate overseas experience to facilitate a better understanding of the dynamics of Australian soccer fandom. The result should be the promotion of safer yet exciting events at which interactive crowd management based on harm minimization principles are key features.
Notes This paper was also presented as a chapter in : 'Fencing them in' : the A-League, policing and the dilemma of public order, in The containment of soccer in Australia : fencing off the world game, Routledge, London, England, pp.124-150.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14660970802472726
Field of Research 160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
Socio Economic Objective 940404 Law Enforcement
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021661

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