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Officers: sports fans getting out of hand

Fitzgerald- The stadium may be quiet now, but on game days it's full of excited fans, and some who's tempers get out of hand.

"It's gotten to a point now that it's sad that law enforcement have to work sporting events. That's not what this is all about. It's about the kids, just about the kids," says school resource officer Anita McMiller.

Three people were issued a city ordinance citation for disorderly conduct during a recent Fitzgerald High school soccer game. Police say they got into an argument and exchanged blows with one of the coaches after he told them he could not issue a refund on their tickets.

Whether it's high school football or little league baseball, officers say adults need to set a positive example for their children.

"You know we tell our children when you do something it effects the whole family, well it effects them too," says McMiller.

When arguments and fights break out it effects the job of officers who have to try and keep the peace.

"It makes it very difficult for us especially when we have to call in as many officers as we can especially in rival games to make sure that the folks are safe because innocent people can get harmed in the midst of folks deciding that they don't want to keep the law."

Law enforcers say keeping the law and keeping cool can prevent what should be a fun event for players from becoming the scene of a crime.

Officers say it also costs the city and county more money when additional law enforcers are required at games. School officials declined to comment about the incident.

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