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Thirty Essendon Fans Sick, Four Hospitalised, After $725 MCG Lunch

An expensive lunch on ANZAC Day at the MCG has gone horribly wrong, with reports of up to 30 people treated by Ambulance Victoria.

A further four people were hospitalised with gastrointestinal symptoms at the $725-a-seat lunch which was for Essendon supporters.

The exclusive lunch attended by more than 500 people was an event hosted by the AFL and the Essendon Football Club in the Olympic Room.

Collingwood won both the match and the catering.

The Melbourne Cricket Club -- which manages the MCG -- could not confirm what was on the lunch menu but said it was investigating.

"We are working in co-operation with health services and our partners to understand what caused the medical issues," a spokesperson said.

Health Victoria is also investigating the incident.

Singer, actor, writer and public speaker Jane Clifton was at the lunch and said five people had fainted -- and that was before club legend Kevin Sheedy took the stage!

Meanwhile, the Magpies ended up beating the Bombers in an absolute nail-biter, which was the second thing that made Essendon fans ill on ANZAC day.

Indeed, it may have been the second pie-related thing, although as stated, the menu has not yet been confirmed, and at $725 per head, diners probably did a bit better than Four'n Twenties.