[News] Leichhardt Oval railing collapse mars Riverview-Joeys rugby clash

In May, Inner West Council called on the state government to fund urgent works for the oval, saying if upgrades were not completed “it won’t be tenable for games to be played there at all”.

However, the government has reneged on an apparent handshake agreement to perform upgrades at Leichhardt Oval and other suburban stadiums, instead diverting the money to flood reconstruction.

Peter V’landys, chair of the Australian Rugby League Commission, told the Herald it was “appalling that they’re using human tragedy of the floods to renege on an agreement”.

“When you consider the billions of dollars they spent in the recent budget, the amount they need to honour our agreement is insignificant,” he said.

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The railing collapse comes after a turbulent week for Leichhardt Oval, with police called last Sunday when rocks and flares were thrown following an Australia Cup soccer match.

A Sydney FC spokeswoman said those involved in the fight did not watch the game and were not wearing any club colours at the time.

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