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A-League clubs want to help stop flares, says cop in charge

The man in charge of trying to stop flares at the soccer says clubs are keen to help.

Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane told Neil Mitchell clubs will have to deal with rogue fans before the league makes them play in front of an empty stadium.

Melbourne Victory has been hit with a ‘show cause’ notice for bringing the game into disrepute after incidents involving some of its fans before and during Saturday night’s derby at AAMI Park.

It follows Western Sydney Wanderers’ sanction of $50,000 and a suspended three point deduction for similar incidents the week before.

Mr Leane told Neil Mitchell the biggest losers are the clubs the spectators say they support.

‘It’s a millstone around their necks, and it’s dragging them down,’ he said on Monday.

‘Eventually, the clubs are going to have to cut them loose.’

Mr Leane said the problem goes beyond the sport itself.

‘There’s a broader issue of young, adolescent men, and why are they so angry?’

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