Police Tell Different Story About Evicted Dad And Daughter
Police say a father who said he was evicted from the A-League semi final in Sydney after trying to take his disabled daughter to a bathroom, was actually attempting to access a restricted area alone.
Vision shows security staff and NSW police surrounding the man at the football match between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Sunday night and later escorting him and his family out of the venue.
10 Uniformed Police and 4 security guards evict a father who wanted to take his disabled daughter to the closest toilet. @ALeague @9NewsSyd @SydneyFC #SYDvMVC #BigBlue #ALeague pic.twitter.com/MdXZSCv2Rq— Tom Miles (@TomMile43729676) May 12, 2019
The man took to social media to criticise the actions of security and police.
"If a young girl with special needs is not allowed to climb ten steps to the toilet she uses every other week, then what can I say," he wrote on Twitter.
"I was assaulted by security, threatened by a senior police officer screaming at me in front of my children as I sat on a terrace."
The man wrote that his daughter had been left "traumatised" by the eviction.
It seems it’s a question of getting people like me out of the game. pic.twitter.com/uvo95nX3yF— Rory Carroll (@CarrollRory) May 12, 2019
Taking this photo set an eviction into process. This is the problem with our stadiums. The people in that photo don’t want fans to attend. https://t.co/E4b4jX16ES— Rory Carroll (@CarrollRory) May 12, 2019
But NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton said the father was actually trying to access the grandstand on his own without a proper ticket.
"He pushed past some ushers and security, that attracted security and police attention," Mr Walton told 2GB on Monday.
"Ultimately he went back to his seating area where, due to his behaviour, he was asked to leave."
Mr Walton said the man was asked to leave on his own and his family were permitted to stay, but they all chose to leave.
The high-ranking police officer said the grandstand was the only area that serves full-strength beer and the father did not have his daughter with him when he tried to gain access.
Football Federation Australia board member Joseph Carrozzi earlier said they plan to investigate the incident.