THE Tallangatta and District Football League has vowed to crack down on crowd behaviour after three ugly incidents marred the opening week of the finals series.
League president Rex Gray said he was disappointed several altercations broke out at Sandy Creek last Saturday and warned patrons there would be zero tolerance from police and security over the next three weekends.
It is believed punches were thrown in two of the three incidents with one occurring at Mitta United’s huddle at three-quarter-time during the senior match against Thurgoona.
“I’m aware of the incidents and it won’t be tolerated,” Gray said.
“There is always an inkling of passion at this time of the year, but we need to stamp things like this out.
“The code of conduct doesn’t just apply to players it applies to members of clubs and supporters as well.
“I’m not blaming anyone from the weekend, but we don’t want it going on.”
No significant injuries were reported from the clashes.
It is believed only one of the incidents was related to bad blood stemming from the fiery Mitta United and Thurgoona showdown in July that resulted in three Blues’ players receiving 11 matches of suspensions and two Bulldogs’ coping four matches.
Mitta United’s Tom Turner was sent-off during the qualifying final on Saturday, but escaped suspension at the TDFL tribunal on Wednesday night and is free to play against Dederang-Mount Beauty on Saturday.
Thurgoona and Barnawartha will be fighting to keep their seasons alive when they meet in the first semi-final on Sunday.