Dad, disabled girl evicted from A League final
A father has been evicted from last night's A-League preliminary final in Sydney, after he wanted to take his disabled daughter to the nearest bathroom.
Rory Carroll and his three daughters were escorted out of Netstrata Jubilee Stadium surrounded by police and security during the Sydney FC/Melbourne Victory A-League semi-final on Sunday.
“Are you serious?” he's heard saying to police,in a video uploaded to Twitter. “The disabled toilets, because my daughter needs it, are right there and they won’t let me take my daughter through. That’s what this is all about.
“You guys want to kick me out because he said so and I can’t take my disabled daughter five metres.”
In a statement obtained by Nine News, a NSW Police spokesperson said Rory and his family were removed after a violation of “seating protocols.”
“Despite repeated requests by security, the man was unwilling to cooperate,” the spokesperson said.
“Police assistance was called, the man was spoken to by officers and after further refusal was escorted from the stadium with his family.”
Rory later wrote that after being “assaulted by security [and] threatened by a senior police officer screaming,” he had to “console crying girls and put up with multiple police cars monitoring my movements as we left the stadium.”
It seems it’s a question of getting people like me out of the game. pic.twitter.com/uvo95nX3yF— Rory Carroll (@CarrollRory) May 12, 2019
Many people have since taken to Twitter support Rory and his family.
Disgusting. As a mum of a disabled young lady we have had times when I have had to do a full change of clothing in a portaloo. The nearest disabled toilet was 2 km away. Hugs to this father and beautiful young lady.— Open your eyes (@larajay66) May 12, 2019
This is so wrong. This guy missed out watching his side get into the grand final. If I was @SydneyFC I get him and his daughter to Perth to watch the grand final in style— Matt Jones (@matthewajones79) May 12, 2019