FFA CEO David Gallop AM said the new procedure was a good outcome for football in this country.
“It shows if we all work together we can ensure the unique passion and atmosphere at football matches is celebrated and preserved for all true football fans as we strive to grow our game,” Gallop said.
“This new procedure allows a person facing a ban the opportunity to put forward their case at no cost before the ban is imposed, greater access to evidence where legally possible and the right to appeal a ban to an independent appeal committee.
“In developing a new procedure, we have maintained our firm stance on safety at football matches. Our paramount responsibility is to ensure that every fan that goes to a game can enjoy a safe environment.
“Our policy of zero-tolerance towards anti-social behaviour has not changed.”
The review also recommends greater communication between all stakeholders, especially clubs, fan groups and venue operators and FFA is committed to developing this further.
In tandem with the new Fan Banning Procedure, FFA’s review covered other related matters, particularly in relation to flares and associated devices.
This review recommends a coordinated effort from all stakeholders, especially clubs, fan groups and venue operators to implement a range of measures that will include an awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of flares and will consider penalties for clubs whose fans light flares and associated devices.
“The last week has highlighted that the small number of troublemakers who discharge flares and associated devices, and those who are accessories to that behaviour, pose a threat to safety and our goal to grow the game,” Gallop said. “FFA, clubs and true football fans have been united in their disdain.
“FFA is committed to ridding the game of these people who masquerade as fans while lighting flares and other devices. We will also be implementing a national campaign that will clearly illustrate the danger flares pose to people at football matches and will consider penalties for clubs whose fans take part in this illegal behaviour.”