Marvel Stadium CEO Michael Green has admitted that the arena’s match day security would need to be reviewed following Saturday night’s clash between the Bulldogs and Carlton.
“Behavioural Awareness Officers” were seen patrolling the stands during the contest to police crowd behaviour.
Green said this measure was taken to increase the security’s visibility, not intended to intimidate fans.
“What we have done over the last number of weeks was increase our visual presence of our security,” he told AFL Nation.
“Clearly from your callers and others, we’ve taken that too far.
“We don’t want our fans to feel intimidated by security, we actually want them to feel safe and secure.
“It’s something that we will be reviewing to make sure that we get that balance right.”
Green said there had been no direction from the AFL to change their security methods.
“I can tell you categorically that it’s a stadium decision,” he said.
“We haven’t had any direction or requests to increase our security or policing at AFL events, nor have we done.”
The Docklands stadium boss added that “Behavioural Awareness Officers” had been there all season and that the vests were used to identify them.
“They’ve been on all season.
“We actually put them in vests that actually identify them.
“These are guards that have done additional training to try and ensure and be aware of any issues that may start to escalate so we actually get on top of issues before they turn into major incidents.
“Now, we could’ve done that covertly and just had them in normal security vests because they’re not additional, we’ve actually just redeployed some of our guards.
“But we thought we’re sending a clear message to people and we actually want them to be overt and feel safe coming into the game.”