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Official Media Release from Darley Football Netball Club Inc. 

Please find below the official press release issued by DFNC on Sunday 01 July 2018. 

 

The Darley Football Netball Club is disturbed by an incident that followed yesterday’s senior match.

We are a proud community based club which takes pride in providing a welcoming and all-inclusive environment.  This environment is one which maintains the highest standards of behaviour on and off field. We also provide opportunities for 29 male & female football and netball teams to participate in weekly competitions.

An incident after the siren saw a small fracas start between some spectators and the club President.  The Club has identified those spectators involved in the incident, who have each accepted full responsibility for their actions and were very regretful.  Subsequently (3) individuals who were partly responsible for initiating and escalating the matter have, effective immediately, been banned from attending all future Darley FNC games and functions. They have accepted these sanctions. The Club reiterates that none of the three (3) is a member of the Club.

At an emergency meeting of the Executive Committee of the Club, it was determined that the Club President – Ray Newton, exercised a lack of judgement when dealing with these spectators and as a result of his actions the ensuing incident may have escalated rather than be diffused. As a result, the Executive Committee has suspended Newton indefinitely.  Newton offered the Committee and the entire club his unreserved apology for his poor handling of the situation yesterday.

Vice President, Mark Shelly will act in the President’s role with fellow Committee Member, Darrell Ancrum taking over as Acting Vice-President until this year’s AGM.

It was determined, as a result of a subsequent investigation into yesterday’s incident that no coaching staff or senior players had any involvement in the disturbance, other than to try and break-up the gathering in case the situation deteriorated.  The Club remains extremely proud of its Senior Playing Group who when instructed, immediately moved out the area and into the change rooms.

We acknowledge that this incident has may have caused embarrassment for the Darley FNC, our members and the Ballarat FNL.  Accordingly we offer our apologies to all members, partners and the wider Ballarat FNL community.

We remain committed to displaying the highest standards of behaviour on and off field in the future and trust that this isolated incident will not tarnish the commendable conduct of all associated with the club over its recent history.

Darley Football Netball Club Inc.