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“We've seen an uptick in this, and we want to stamp it out. They've been banned for one, two, three years [in the past]But we now see that there is no excuse for this.

Dillon said reviewing the ban in five years would give those punished a chance to show remorse.

“A lifetime ban is a long time. Most of them are young people, and they're probably under the influence of alcohol doing it. So [the review] It gives them the ability, if they can show remorse, to look back at it in five years. But there is no guarantee that they will return.”

While the league could easily block individuals from purchasing tickets in their name, Dillon admitted it would have been difficult to prevent banned fans from obtaining tickets through other means. But he said security staff have identified banned fans at NFL games in the past, and whenever that has happened, those fans have been escorted from stadiums.

The Adelaide man appeared to be recording the episode on his mobile phone when he entered the arena and ran straight onto the field as players jostled for a contested ball.

A security worker catches raiders at Adelaide Oval.

A security worker catches raiders at Adelaide Oval. credit: GT

After the referee stopped play, Adelaide midfielder Matt Crouch grabbed the man before he broke free, only to be collared by the Crows' Ben Keays before security staff pounced on the offender.

“Running on the ground during a game is not only senseless, it is unsafe and illegal,” NFL general counsel Stephen Mead said.

“If you choose to do so, not only will you be given a hefty fine, you will have to deal with the local authorities and will ultimately lose the privilege of attending AFL matches.”

The man was arrested overnight and released on bail to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on June 19.

He faces a maximum fine of $5000 for violating South Australia's recreational land regulations.

The AFL said the man was not a member of the club or the AFL.

Adelaide and Geelong coaches have criticized the “dangerous” pitch raiders, with the Cats' Chris Scott referring to the infamous 1982 incident when Australian cricketer Terry Alderman dislocated his shoulder when tackling pitch raiders in Perth.

His Adelaide counterpart, Matthew Nix, spoke of the danger of the Crows players, Crouch and Keyes, who caught the Raiders.


Both pitch invaders were intercepted at the MCG on Monday by security staff, with one surrendering peacefully and the other kicking a football at goal before trying to evade bouncers and being pinned to the ground.

Patrons were notified via the big screen at the time that the fine for entering the arena was more than $11,000.

Tom Liberatore extends his stay with the Bulldogs


Evergreen Western Bulldogs star Tom Liberatore is looking to move on from his father Tony's decorated spell at the AFL club after signing until the end of next season.

A father and son selection in 2010, Liberatore was in the Bulldogs' leading premiership team in 2016 and won the best and fairest in 2014.

His new deal will extend his time at the club to the fifteenth year. His father, a 1990 Brownlow Medal winner, played 283 VFL/AFL games for the Bulldogs over 17 seasons.

Tom Liberatore.

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The 31-year-old Liberatore was never expected to leave Witten Oval, but he said on Wednesday he was happy to have his future sorted.

“It's really great to get this done so early, especially with the start of the season. I'm focused on what we are building here at the club.”

“I'll try to catch the old man. It's a great honor to play for the club I grew up supporting, and to play in the same place where my father played for such a long period of time is a great privilege and honour.

“The relationship between the senior and junior players is really strong, the Italian Football League is going well, the future looks exciting.”

Liberatore was a solid midfielder during his 219 appearances and was promoted to vice-captain this year.

“Tom embodies the heart and soul of the Western Bulldogs, and we are thrilled to extend him through 2025,” said List Director Sam Power.

He added: “His level of consistency over a long period of time is in line with some of the best midfielders in the competition, coupled with his ability to lead and bring younger players along for the ride.”

Liberatore was substituted from the Bulldogs' win over West Coast at the weekend, having dominated the first three quarters. It was later clarified that he was not injured.

The Bulldogs sit at 2-1 after their first three games and face Geelong at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Coleman Medal skipper Jesse Hogan has extended his contract with the GWS Giants by two years.

GWS director of football Jason McCartney said on Wednesday he was thrilled to keep the 29-year-old out until at least the end of 2026.

“Jesse has been fantastic for the football club since his arrival in 2021 and we are delighted that he will remain a giant for at least another two years,” McCartney said.

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