AFL Fans To Be Banned For Life After Brawl At Etihad Stadium
Three were injured and one man was arrested after Friday's fight.
At least one man will be banned permanently from Melbourne's Etihad Stadium following a large brawl at the venue last weekend, which left three injured and one man arrested.
Video of the fight in the Medallion Club, following the AFL match between Collingwood and Western Bulldogs on Friday night, went viral on social media and was splashed across TV news over the weekend. One man was left with blood all over his face from the fight, in which up to nine people were involved.
Acting commander of the Victorian Police, David Clayton, and CEO of Etihad Stadium, Michael Green, addressed media at the venue on Monday afternoon. Green said police and venue management will take "decisive action" after the weekend's incident, and in future incidents, including banning offenders from the stadium.
"One person involved on Friday night has been identified and we are in the process of communicating with that person to tell them they will be permanently banned from events at the stadium in the future," he said.
It follows a week of wild behaviour in the AFL, with four separate violent incidents reported across the league. In addition to the Etihad brawl this weekend, a man was glassed in the face at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong, while two separate fights occurred at the Collingwood and St Kilda game at Etihad last weekend, with one involving 10 fans.
Acting commander Clayton said the incidents were "completely unacceptable" and Melbourne sports fans would see "more police at matches, in corporate areas, in membership areas" from this weekend.
"Anyone found to be drunk, assaulting anybody, engaging in affray, will be arrested and appear at court," Clayton said.