Roar aim to be best in Asia
Brisbane Roar "did the game proud" in winning the A-League grand final and now aim to be the "number one club in Australia and in Asia".PT2M27S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-37rt9 620 349 May 5, 2014
Police have praised spectators who attended Sunday's A-League grand final, saying there were only "a handful" of arrests made for minor offences.
More than 51,000 fans packed into Suncorp Stadium for the season decider, with about 10,000 supporters making the trip from New South Wales to watch the Western Sydney Wanderers face Brisbane Roar.
Brisbane won the match 2-1, thanks to an extra-time goal from Brazilian forward Henrique.
More than 51,000 fans watched the A-League final at Suncorp Stadium. Photo: Getty Images
Inspector Peter Aitken, who headed up the day's police operation, said fans were "generally very well behaved".
"There was a very small Western Sydney Wanderers supporter group, because of the discharge of flares, who did cause some minor disruptions to supporter marches before the game," he said.
Inspector Aitken said while Suncorp hosted regular large events, Sunday's crowd posed a unique challenge.
"It's a different type of event than we've probably experienced in Brisbane before where there's been large active supporters who are well-organised," he said.
"That adds to the atmosphere of the game, but it also presents different policing response to what we'd normally see at major events."
Inspector Aitken would not be drawn on how the arrest numbers on Sunday compared with those of State of Origin games.
A huge contingent of Wanderers fans gathered at the Paddo Tavern before the match, which was the home base of the Red and Black Brigade supporter group.
Vociferous fans were chanting for hours before the game, with many locals stopping to photograph and video the enthusiastic supporters.
Travelling Wanderers fans made headlines in January after a fight with Melbourne Victory supporters outside AAMI Park.
Melbourne Victory distanced their fans from the incident, prompting an angry response from the Wanderers' management, who in turn accused a Victory supporters group of instigating the clash.