AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan has spoken to the media surrounding the AFL’s supposed increase in security at matches over the past weekend.
Fans at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night felt over-policed by the venue’s security, although McLachlan says the AFL’s stance on fan behaviour has been the same throughout 2019.
“I won’t apologise for footy a safe place but we need to ensure we get the balance right,” McLachlan told reporters.
“I apologise if the people who go along to the football to have a day out feel that they haven’t been able to do that. They feel that security in some way is impinging on them and they feel they actually are not able to be themselves.
That’s the feedback we’ve had in the last few days.”
McLachlan was also asked about Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett’s comments on Monday, and said he strongly disagreed with his remarks.
“I’ve spoken to Jeff (Kennett) today and I clearly believe he is wrong. I’ve had a number of conversations with him this afternoon and he regrets the offence he has caused,” McLachlan said.
“It’s unacceptable and I don’t agree with what Jeff said. I couldn’t be clearer than that. It’s unacceptable to be making comments that don’t reflect someone’s ability.”
Finally, McLachlan was repeatedly asked about the developing story involving Collingwood forward Jaidyn Stephenson, but didn’t make a statement on the issue.
“I’m not going to be making any comment on anything that may or may not be in front of the AFL integrity unit,” he said.