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Officials discuss 'Dogs crowd violence

22/03/2006 05:41:12 AM Comments (0)

NSW Police Minister Carl Scully will raise the possibility of using a riot squad to control crowd violence when he meets with club and NRL officials.

The minister, NRL chief David Gallop, and Bulldogs chief executive Malcolm Noad will discuss the violence that erupted at the Bulldogs match against West Tigers last Friday.

The Bulldogs defeated the Wests Tigers in front of a near-record crowd of 32,578 at Telstra Stadium on Friday night but the victory was soured by the behaviour of a minority of fans inside and outside the ground.

The match was part of the NRL's promotions for Harmony Day.

Newcastle said it will take special measures to prevent crowd violence when it takes on the Bulldogs in Friday night's NRL match at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

Knights chief executive Ken Conway said the Bulldogs will also have their own security presence at EnergyAustralia Stadium, personnel who attend every match and are familiar with the club's supporters.

And he said the measures being taken are designed to ensure people's safety, not scare them away.

"Bulldogs security will be working with police and our own ground staff to assist in identifying any potential offenders," Conway said.

"We have always raised our levels of preparedness when hosting teams with elements of disappointing spectators, but in the Bulldogs case, history proves the problems are Sydney based."

Meanwhile, Newcastle utility Anthony Quinn has a nervous wait as he prepares to contest a two-match ban at the NRL judiciary.

Quinn was charged with a grade one dangerous throw during his side's 70-32 win over Canberra and faces two weeks on the sidelines unless he successfully challenges the charge.

He will be the only player to front the judiciary, as the other players charged in round two - Willie Mason, Bryce Gibbs, Kylie Leuluai, Luke Swain and Frank Puletua - all took the early guilty plea.

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