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Geelong live site hoon fears

August 18, 2023 9:20 am in by
Police wrestle with a soccer hoon as flares light up Melbourne's Federation Square live site on Wednesday (supplied)

Security is likely to be beefed up at Geelong’s waterfront live site ahead of tomorrow’s Matilda’s v Sweden clash in the FINA Women’s World Cup.

There are fears soccer hoons who caused chaos at Melbourne’s Federation Square live site will instead head for Geelong, after Federation Square management scrapped plans to run another event tomorrow night.

Families at the Melbourne venue were forced to take cover as more than fifty flares were lit, many of them thrown into the crowd.

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Many people were so frightened they left th evenue and watched the Matildas v England semi-final from the safety of their own loungerooms.

Melbourne Mayor Sally Capp condemned the poor behaviour.

“Unfortunately sometimes the few ruin it for th erest of us,” Cr Capp said.

The decision to abandon the Federation Square live screening leaves Docklands stadium as the only public live site in Melbourne, however limited entry points and bag searches are likely to deter hoons attempting to smuggle in flares or alcohol.

The Geelong live site will be set up at Steampacket Gardens and will open at 5.30pm.

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