Second Man Charged Over Violent AFL Brawl That Led To First Permanent Ban
Etihad Stadium has promised to permanently ban anyone found to be involved in the brawl.
What you need to know
- A second man has been charged over a violent brawl at Melbourne's Etihad Stadium
- A 69-year-old man was charged with intentionally and recklessly causing injury and affray
- A 46-year-old has already received a lifetime ban over the brawl, the first person to be issued the punishment
- Etihad Stadium has promised to permanently ban anyone involved in the violent incident
A second man has been charged over a violent brawl at Melbourne's Etihad stadium that led to another footy fan being banned for life.
A 69-year-old Yarraville man has been charged with intentionally and recklessly causing injury and affray over a brawl at Medallion Club on May 25 that led to a 46-year-old Carnegie man receiving a life ban.
Both men will appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court on September 10, with the younger man facing charges of intentionally and recklessly causing injury, affray, possessing cocaine and resisting police.
Three people were injured as a result of the brawl, footage of which went viral on social media.
Investigators are also hoping to speak to another man, who was wearing a red Liverpool Football Club jumper, about the brawl.
Police have released photos and CCTV footage of the man, who is believed to be aged in his 40s, with short dark hair and a medium build.
The fight at the Collingwood versus Western Bulldogs match was reportedly the third brawl at the stadium in a week.
Authorities have warned fans there will be more police in public, corporate and membership areas starting this weekend.
"People will be held accountable for their actions," Victoria Police Acting Commander David Clayton said.
"Anyone found to be drunk, assaulting someone or engaging in an affray at sporting matches can expect to be arrested by police and put before the court."
The man who received the stadium's first permanent ban also had his AFL membership cancelled and will not be able to apply for any AFL club membership indefinitely.
It follows a week of violent behaviour at AFL matches across the state, with four separate incidences occurring at different venues, including a brawl with up to 10 fans.
CEO of Etihad Stadium, Michael Green, told media on Monday afternoon that anyone identified in these incidents will be banned permanently from the venue.
There will also be a heavier police presence at matches moving forward, said acting commander of the Victoria Police, David Clayton.
"Anyone found to be drunk, assaulting anybody, engaging in affray, will be arrested and appear at court," he said.