A rugby match was stuck amid fears of potential violence that could threaten the safety of players and spectators.
A community rugby league match in western Sydney was suspended and clubs were alerted after police discovered threats of gang violence during matches.
On Thursday, a statement by Penrith and District Junior Rugby League (PDJRL) director general Nathan Mairleitner, informed members that NSW police may cancel matches where they discover evidence of potential behavior, including group chats where it is done. threats involving weapons in games, which could endanger the safety of players, staff or spectators.
This comes when an adult game between the Londonderry and St Pats teams was canceled last weekend.
“Note: NSW police forces will be canceling matches statewide from this weekend as intelligence suggests everyone’s safety is compromised,” the statement read.
“(The police) want clubs to understand when clubs are aware of group conversations or chats in and around gaming groups, they need to report it to the PDJRL and the police.
“As we can all understand, NSWPF, NSWRL and PDJRL will not tolerate threats of violence, intimidation or acts of violence, including fighting, all of which are serious criminal offenses.”
The letter stated that the names of players who have been found threatening or planning acts of inciting violence on the pitch will be identified by the clubs, who will be contacted directly.
Mr. Mairleitner also added that players, coaches, parents and spectators “believed to be involved in organizing acts of violence” will receive the most severe removal penalty from the competition.
The NSWRL clarification said potential acts of violence in community sports fields are not a state-level issue, but rather a “specific concern under the jurisdiction of Riverstone Police Area Command.”
They also said it was “related to potential problems that need to be addressed in the adult Community Rugby League and not in children’s football.”
“Both the Penrith DJRLC and the NSW Police are undertaking strong community initiatives as part of a series of strategies to address the problems and concerns surrounding young people who risk ending up in a life of crime and gang violence,” reads. a statement from the NSWRL.
A NSW police statement also said they were working closely with sports clubs and organizations to ensure the safety and well-being of participants and the community.
This announcement comes as Sydney is ravaged by a series of attacks related to gang violence.
More recently, Comanchero bike boss Tarek Zahed and his brother Omar were attacked by a barrage of bullets as he left the gym. The assault killed Omar, while Tarek remains in an induced coma at Westmead Hospital.
Last month’s fatal stabbing at the Sydney Royal Easter Show has also been linked suspected wars between postal code gangs between the rival suburbs of Doonside (2767) and Mt Druitt (2770). The horrific accident resulted in the death of 17-year-old Uati “Pele” Faletolu, who was stabbed in the chest while working on the break-dance carnival ride.
In light of the recent development, the Doonside Junior Rugby League Club – for which Uati previously played – also shared Mairleitner’s statement.
While the police have yet to formally accuse someone of his death, Uati’s family has already appealed to members of the public to come forward.
“Almost a month now and no conclusions about who killed my son, I am heartbroken and shattered, things in the family will never be the same again,” wrote his mother, Janice Sauma Faletolu in a statement.
“This killer has to be found, the teenagers and people who witnessed my son’s murder have to come forward, this person is a danger to people.
“If anyone has any information, please contact the police, talk to someone, my son’s killer must be found and we have to shut down.”
Former Penrith Panthers player Lou Zivanovic also asked people who were planning to commit violence to stay away from the sports field.
“All bands should stay away from kids who enjoy playing rugby. There is no place for gangs in the Penrith Junior Rugby League, “she said.
“We fully support any police crackdown on gang violence during matches.
“Boys and girls, men and women, should be able to play the game they love in a safe environment and not have to worry about any violence.”
Originally published as Cops could cancel rugby matches in Sydney amid gang fighting plans