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Football NSW boss defends soccer association protecting violent clubs

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Soccer bosses insist they’re cracking down on violence at suburban games following several recent incidents.

The St George Football Association issued a public warning after parents started fighting during an under 7s game on May 18.

But, when questioned about another a disgusting incident earlier in the month, Association Chair Angelo Bonura repeatedly dismissed the claims.

In an explosive interview with Ray Hadley, Mr Bonura said referees were in the wrong, despite police needing to be called to protect officials from unruly fans.

Arncliffe Aurora is the team at the centre of dozens of complaints Ray has since received. The team has only been back in the St George competition for a year after serving a three-year suspension.

Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge says there was an extremely successful meeting last night and tells Ray Hadley the St George Football Association has things under control.

“The Association is taking a zero tolerance policy and I think they should be applauded for coming down on it.

“And certainly, the clubs are supportive of that policy.”

Ray Hadley isn’t so sure and made certain to let Mr Hodge know.

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