Guard '100 percent' right over tackle

A security guard who came under fire for a hard-hitting tackle of a streaker during Saturday night's All Blacks game was "absolutely, 100 percent" in the right, Forsyth Barr Stadium management says.

The tackle, which was described as "bone-crushing" by some, sent the male streaker to the ground after he invaded the pitch during the second half of the game against England at the Dunedin stadium.

It was heavily criticised online yesterday, and was the subject of a post-match briefing by management company, Dunedin Venues Management Ltd (DVML) this morning.

But chief executive Terry Davies has stood by the security guard - named as Canterbury Rugby's ITM Cup wider training group member Brad Hemopo - saying he did the right thing.

"We are going to come down hard on anyone who breaks rules at the venue," he said.

"We have been speaking with the security guard, the security company, we looked at our pre-planning and pre-briefing, and it all fell into line and was consistent, and on that basis we will support him 100 percent."

Speculation about how the security guard could have better handled the situation underestimated the danger posed, he said.

"You can speculate all you like about should he have slowed up, should he have done it in a different way - the reality is historically streakers don't want to get caught, so if he had sensed the security guard was chasing him, or if our security guard had eased off and approached him in a different way, he would have sped off.

"That could have fundamentally caused the primary issue that we talk to our security guards around, and that's protection of player safety."

Security guards are told to prioritise player safety, and then get off the pitch "in the fastest way possible", he said.

A review would be carried out on how to fill any gaps in security around the edge of the grounds, to ensure streakers and other pitch invaders could not gain access, he said.

In an earlier statement, DVML said it understood the streaker was left sore, but uninjured following the tackle, and did not require or request any medical treatment.

Mr Davies described the streaker's behaviour was "disappointing", and such incidents "unacceptable".

"We have an expectation from our patrons that attend any match to adhere to all conditions of ticket entry."

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Steve Tew also said he was "very disappointed" by the streaker.

"This man put himself and players at risk by his foolish actions. We expect test match venues to take quick and decisive action when there is anything that threatens the safe operation of a match."

The 28-year-old streaker was charged with offensive behaviour, and has been banned from Forsyth Barr Stadium for two years. He is due to appear in court this week.

Mr Hemopo - a 19-year-old New Zealand U20 rugby team trialist and 2013 Crusader development team member - declined to comment when he was contacted by the Otago Daily Times.

 

 

 

Thank you, Terry

Terry Davies may have just offered a helping hand to the suffering Dunedin ratepayers. Imposing a 2 year ban on a person means that the person can no longer legally receive a benefit from the stadium. As you can't legally receive a benefit from a product, you don't have to pay for it either. No contract exists for the next 2 years. A quick dash around the pitch and you get the dedicated stadium portion of your rates removed from your rates bill for 2 years. Thanks, Terry!

Not warranted

Unfortunately, Mr Davies has shown a lack of understanding here. You cannot endorse the actions of someone under your control when they have used excessive force just because it suits you. You are dragging DVML into a very dark place. It doesn't matter if your standing on a piece of grass under a plastic roof or on the pavement outside a pub, excessive force is excessive force.

For the love of God, there was a game of nude rugby played here out in public which is still shown on the ODT website. Now it's an offence to run naked onto a field? Are the police arresting the teams who played in the nuddy?  No, because they know what will happen if they try. Yet they slam the poor guy who streaked in the slammer and charge him.

Good use of police resources guys, well done! No other real crimes to worry about. Bring on the King Hitters... Yeh Haw!!! Oooppps, am I enciting a riot? Better king hit me from behind and lock me up.  

The use of violence is not warranted when the subject is not violent. But then again, this is a rugby crowd. Mr Hemopo should and could have put the streaker in a head lock quite easily as he was not running and was not showing any form of aggression. But no, he just had to take a cheap shot. [Abridged]

Birkenhead Drill, keep your kit on

Hm. Have you been listening to 'Great Shipwrecks with John McCrystal', Radio Live? The drill, wherein brave Tommies stand fast as the boot goes down, really applies at sea. This may happen with climate change, as the estuary and Pacific reclaim their course. For now, the issue would seem to be offensive behaviour, formerly indecent exposure. Apparently, this law does not, or cannot, apply in Dunedin, due to public approval of 'Nude' Blacks.

Aggressive tackle on streaker

This is an ugly situation. The end justifies the means in other words, with no reference to what constitutes assault or unjustified force. Disgusting. What harm can a streaker do, for God's sake? This is a sledgehammer approach and if it continues, someone will be permanently injured. I seriously question the legal grounds for that level of aggression no matter what the spin doctors say. It's bully boy stuff and I don't believe it's justifiable at all.

Fear and Loathing

Keep it up stadium "officials" -you sound as fearful, officious and brutal as the USA. Next you'll be announcing your "War On Streaking".

Over the top

Sorry, he posed no credible threat standing there unarmed, he was not at that point running away which would have justified a 'tackle' this was no more than a king hit from behind and not 'reasonable force', watch the replay his neck whiplashed back and it is only by pure luck this person was not carried off the pitch.

I don't agree with what the streaker did, I totaly agree in the restraint of such a person at a family event but this was not 'reasonable force' and as such was way over the top. Should the guard be in trouble? No of course not, but should he be re educated in restraining someone in a similar situation so as not to cause potential injury and possible charges for assault I would say yes. Again this was a naked person standing still yes they were wrong but the tackle was OTT.

Reasonable force

He wasn't trying to avoid the guard, in fact he was barely moving, in this case the guard could simply have run up and put the guy in an armlock, by law you have to use the minimum force required, the very definition by law dictates this was excessive.

Entertainment

Blah blah......enough of the streaker, where are the concerts this Davies guy has promised? I thought he was in the know.......Katy Perry etc, At this point of time I'm starting to wonder if he can even organise a rock concert of any kind!

If you can't stand the heat . . .

If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen. I can't believe there is a nationwide debate about this. Well done security guy. If anything his actions will act as a strong message to future potential streakers who have little concept of personal responsibility.

Aghast

I'm aghast, does Mr Davies understand nothing about risk management when running an organisation. The very last thing you do in a situation like this where there might be lawsuits is to stand up, paint a large target on your back, and essentially say "look! look! over here! pay no attention to the hoon who assaulted you, come over here we've got deep ratepayer pockets and no liability insurance".

This is the time where you keep your mouth shut and hope that they other guy doesn't notice that you exist, not the time when you hold a news conference and end up first on the TV news.

Well, I guess it's standard operating practice for DVML, they can spend and spend without any consequences knowing that the ratepayers will get stuck paying for what ever they do. How do we rein in this free spending quango?

Streaker

I agree with the Forsyth Barr Stadium Management and support the security guard's actions, he did the right thing. 

Good call Mr Davies

Good call Mr Davies. Streaking is no longer cool (if it ever was) and venues need to send a message to the dipsticks who get drunk and decide it's funny to interupt an international game. This fool got what he deserved.

Birkenhead drill

The wreck of the Birkenhead in the Nineteenth Century led to the adoption of the 'birkenhead drill' - Basically women and children first in any serious situation.

The comment above; "In the situation of a sporting event, player safety is paramount and any potential threat, especially when in close proximity to players, must be dealt with." indicates that in the Twenty First Century we now have a 'DVML drill' operating in the Foobar.

In short, the DVML drill is: 'Women and children to safety first - but only after the AB's have left the building!' [abridged]

 

 

Poor judgement

This was an opportunity to show real leadership. Davies and Tew hide behind mealy mouthed words like 'disappointing' to describe the streaker. How about the tragedy for the drunken streaker which was only a short way away from happening? Like a snapped neck.

Terry Davies,who is now under a lot of pressure, seems to be faltering. l would advise his wife to unpack the tea chests back home in Adelaide. Hubby will be home soon.

Well said Mr. Davies

It's not often I find myself in agreement with the stadium management, but this is one such occasion.

Security guard

Mr Davies: Was the 'security guard' acting under NZ law? Are you aware of NZ law in regard to security guards and crowd control? Was the 'security guard' registered under NZ law?

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