Football Queensland (FQ) has conducted an investigation into an incident which involved the ignition of flares during the National Premier Leagues (NPL) Queensland Grand Final at Perry Park, Bowen Hills on Sunday, 15 September 2019.
The outcome of this investigation is that an incendiary device was lit and thrown onto the field of play from the designated Olympic Active Supporter Area at Perry Park.
FQ issued a show cause notice to Olympic FC on Wednesday, 18 September 2019.
A general tribunal was held on Thursday, 28 November, and the charges were heard by an independent panel with Olympic FC represented by Club officials.
Football Queensland determined the following charges and sanctions will be imposed on Olympic Football Club:
Olympic Football Club was charged with serious misconduct, specifically ‘Letting off incendiary devices(s) or fire(s)’ as outlined in the 2019 Football Queensland Disciplinary Regulations.
- The penalty imposed for the above offence is a total fine of $3,000.
- A deduction of three competition points was also applied to the Olympic FC First Grade team for the 2020 National Premier Leagues Queensland, suspended for 2020 on the condition that no further misconduct charge involving Olympic FC supporters is imposed by Football Queensland.
Football Queensland Chief Executive Officer Robert Cavallucci said the recent tribunal decision is a welcome caution to clubs and the behaviour of their fans.
“We want to encourage displays of passion at game day events that create excitement for all however, this was a particularly dangerous incident where flares were thrown directly towards players and their families,” Cavallucci said.
“Football Queensland will continue to work with clubs to create a safe environment for all spectators, players, and officials to enjoy football.
“We will continue to call on a range of sanctions to drive this particular kind of irresponsible behaviour out of our game.”