The AFL will ban imaginary spears at games following Adam Goodes ‘War Cry’ celebration on Friday night against Carlton.
The move comes after serious concerns for the safety of a group of Carlton supporters in the crowd.
“While I appreciate Adam was honouring his heritage, he could have imaginarily killed someone or poked an imaginary eye out,” said AFL Operations Manger Mark Evans.
“We can’t have people bringing imaginary weapons to games; it would be anarchy.
“The fact it was just Carlton supporters and wasn’t actually real doesn’t make it OK.”
Several members of the crowd said they found having an imaginary spear thrown at them ‘terrifying’ and were concerned at the lack of imaginary security.
“It was really scary,” said a fan that asked not to be named, “luckily a couple of people in the front row imagined some shields.”
“It still bounced off a shield and hit a chair. You can still imagine the mark where it hit.”
However some security experts say that policing imaginary weapons was very difficult.
“I’ve been warning about the danger of imaginary weapons for years,” said security expert Simon Elias.
“We’ve now seen a spear but it would be just as easy for someone to imagine a bazooka or nuclear bomb.
“The AFL need to hire people to imagine more security at games or we’re only going to have more incidents like this.”
The AFL says anyone caught with an imaginary weapon at games will receive a pretend fine and have to imagine they’ve been banned from stadiums for life.
Mr Evans clarified that imagining the sprinkler or lawn mower while dancing is still allowed.