“Restrictions have had a devastating impact” – The Squadron withdraws active support

“Restrictions have had a devastating impact” – The Squadron withdraws active support

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Newcastle Jets fan group The Squadron has announced it will no longer involve itself with active support.

The group blamed Football Federation Australia (FFA) restrictions, including police presence and a lack of free movement, saying they had had a “devastating impact” on support at Newcastle games.

“The Squadron FSC Inc advise, effective immediately we are ceasing involvement with active support,” a statement read on newcastlefootball.net.

“The FFA’s mandated restrictions & conditions applied to all active groups in the A-League have had a devastating impact on the levels of active support growth at Jets fixtures.

“We have persevered to make things work within the rules for years, moved locations twice to try to rebuild numbers and have worked with the club on different initiatives.

“It is clear that the FFA restrictions are insurmountable in keeping officially sanctioned active support alive in Newcastle.

“It’s hoped that by standing aside as an official active support group, an organic growth of unaffiliated groups such as the NCL can continue so that matchday atmosphere is what we had always envisaged – loud and parochial.”

The group is another to declare it is ceasing active support.

Melbourne Victory’s North Terrace confirmed it would do likewise in November 2016, blaming “unsustainable” circumstances.

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