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Police ask AFL fans to be alert at MCG

AAP logoAAP 9/09/2016 Julian Drape

Victoria Police have asked fans attending the first AFL finals match at the MCG to keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviour.

The call comes after the Islamic State group released English-language propaganda earlier this week urging followers to commit acts of violence at the MCG, the SCG and other Australian landmarks.

"We'd ask that people going to the MCG be mindful of what and who is around them," Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said on Friday ahead of the clash between Geelong and Hawthorn.

"Any concerns at all - go straight up to security or police or, if you need to, pull out your phone and call triple-zero."

The assistant commissioner reiterated, however, that there'd been no "direct threat" made against any particular event in Melbourne "for this weekend or for any weekend coming up that we know about".

Mr Leane asked fans to arrive early on Friday night and be patient.

"There will be bag searches as there always are at the MCG," he told reporters.

"Be a little bit patient ... but most of all it is September, it is the finals, and you should enjoy what is going to be a great match."

The assistant commissioner confirmed additional police would be at the ground but he said that was usual for finals as opposed to regular-season matches.

The IS propaganda hasn't prompted Victoria Police to bolster its presence.

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