ACT government satisfied Canberra Brave brawl an isolated incident

18 May 2018 9:27 AM

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"The ACT government values integrity in sport and is mindful of the role our elite sports teams

provide for the community," Active Canberra director Rebecca Kelley said.

"We have been informed that chairman of the Brave, Peter Chamberlain, is sincerely apologetic for his part in the incident, and regrets his actions.

"The ACT government understands this was an isolated incident and is satisfied that appropriate

actions have been taken to address this issue, and prevent such incidents from occurring again.

"Any future funding of the Brave will be considered on its individual merit."

Apps, who has taken on Chamberlain's chairman responsibilities, remains confident the measures are in place to ensure the incident wouln't happen at a Brave home game.

"While hockey is a high intensity sport, I can’t recall a time since our involvement with the league where tensions have spiked in the crowd to this point," Apps said.

"Something we worked very hard to build is a family-friendly environment at home games and I think we’ve done that well.

"I'm confident we have enough measures in place to makes sure this doesn't happen at our home games. We have upwards of 25 people involved in customer service and crowd assistance."

Apps emphasised it was important to keep strong relationships with all stakeholders, not just the government.

"There's government, sponsors and fans and if an incident like that happened regularly then you’d lose support from all of those places, but it's just not something that is part of our home games," Apps said.

"To that end it's important to remember from the vision we’ve seen this was sparked by one individual that decided physical violence was the way to express his frustration, that's not acceptable in any sport in any part of the country."

Canberra sit top for the AIHL ladder with four wins from five games this season and next face the Perth Thunder at home on Saturday and Sunday.

Also read: Grounds for concern: Are AFL Canberra's days at Manuka Oval numbered?

Source: brisbanetimes.com.au

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