Gold Coast A-League fans punished

January 6, 2012
By Laine Clark

Spectators will be limited to Skilled Park's Western Stand for at least the next two Gold Coast United home games as a result of crowd trouble on Boxing Day.

United coach Miron Bleiberg said access to the rest of the stadium would only be available if fans behaved at their next two home clashes, starting with Sunday's A-League showdown with Melbourne Heart.

Bleiberg said United owner Clive Palmer made the decision after a scuffle occurred outside the stadium following Gold Coast's 1-0 win over Brisbane on Boxing Day.

Roar fans also let off flares during the game.

"Clive was very disturbed after the Roar game because he had heard there was a disturbance and violence outside," Bleiberg told AAP.

"We didn't even have time to celebrate the win.

"He said he wasn't into developing a gang or tribal war - he said 'if they want to turn it into violence seen in Europe I am not into it'."

Bleiberg hoped United fans used the next two home games to show their support for the club, not take it personally.

"Clive said to me 'if our supporters are so good, let them prove it to me'," Bleiberg said.

"For the next two games, behave, show that they are there to watch and support the team.

"After these two games, if there are no disturbances or violence then we will open the stand again.

"It is like a good behaviour bond."

Bleiberg said he fully supported Palmer's decision.

"The message to our supporters is that they don't see it as something personal against them," he said.

"They have to prove they are part of the community that is coming to watch football.

"I enjoyed the two camps singing against each other (on Boxing Day) but no one anticipated the violence afterwards."

United are last on the A-League ladder but Wednesday night's 3-2 loss at Newcastle ended a four-game unbeaten run.