Revealed: Why Demons Fan Viciously Attacked Disabled Hawks Fan
Hawks fan Ben Ploegmakers has bravely explained how the sickening incident at the MCG this weekend came about.
The attack after the Melbourne Demons vs Hawthorn match at the MCG on Saturday all started over a cruel insult.
"He basically called me a retard and a spastic," Ploegmakers, 31, said of his assailant in an interview with Channel 7 News.
Ploegmakers has an intellectual disability, and allegedly in response to the series of cruel taunts, he slapped a beer out of the Demons fan's hands.
That, in turn, appears to have caused the violent incident, as the Demons fan reacted by attacking Ploegmakers and knocking him to the ground.
"Leave him mate, leave him, leave him," a fellow fan shouted as the attack unfolded. "He’s disabled, you f***ing idiot.”
The Demons released a statement, which said:
"The Melbourne Football Club is aware of an incident that occurred following the Melbourne vs Hawthorn match on Saturday afternoon at the MCG.
The Club is appalled by this behaviour and vehemently condemns violence of any kind.
It is important to our Club and the AFL community that all patrons feel safe. Violence has no place in the community let alone at a sporting event.
The Club is working with all relevant parties involved to gather further information and to determine the appropriate action required.
As the matter is currently being investigated by Victoria Police, the Club isn’t in a position to make any further comment."
Victoria Police said a 34-year-old Baxter man has been interviewed over an assault which occurred at the MCG yesterday afternoon following the Melbourne – Hawthorn game.
The man is expected to be charged on summons with assault related offences.
Meanwhile, the Demons won a narrow match 11.13 (79) to 11.8 (74), to leave both teams well out of the eight.