Violent brawl breaks out in the stands at a footy game as fans trade blows and throw beer at each other – while a pair of rowdy spectators are kicked out
- Thrilling AFL match is marred by ugly scenes in the stands as a brawl breaks out
- Some Western Bulldogs and Carlton Blue’s fans got into brawl after final siren
- Tensions boiled over after edge of your seat last second win by Bulldogs
- Comes after AFL was scrutinised for allegations they are spying on fans
A thrilling football game which came down to the wire has been overshadowed by ugly scenes between rival fans as tensions boiled over after the final siren.
The Western Bulldogs managed to survive a gallant comeback from the Carlton Blues on Saturday night at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne.
What should have been one of the most thrilling final quarters of the year was sadly marred by a brawl between Bulldogs and Carlton fans.
A thrilling game of football which came down to the wire has been overshadowed by ugly scenes in the stands between rival fans after the final siren
One fan is seen being escorted form the ground after the wild brawl broke out in the stand after the Western Bulldogs overcame the Carlton Blues
Tensions were running high after the Bulldogs overcame the Blues by just three points.
Several fans were involved in the brawl which was caught by photographers around the ground.
A police officer was photographed separating the throng of fans to get to the brawl before braking it up.
Other fans not involved in the brawl were caught up anyway, including women and children who were left visibly shaken by the incident, the Herald Sun reported.
‘It was a bit of an argy bargy, it was very unpleasant,’ one fan said.
The publication reported at least one man was punched in the chin during the brawl and beer was poured onto fans from the upper stands.
The ugly incident comes after the AFL was scrutinised for allegedly spying on fans and ejecting them from games for simply ‘cheering to loudly’.
Several fans were involved in the brawl which was caught by photographers around the ground with punches and beer allegedly being thrown before officers intervened
At least two Carlton Blues’ fans were ejected during Saturday night’s game, which was also caught on television cameras.
Security were also seen talking the fans on several occasions after someone allegedly called the anti-social hotline to report them.
One Carlton fan was ejected from a game last week after calling the on field umpire a ‘bald headed flog’.
Many Carlton fans were heard using the same phrase on Saturday night in protest, with one fan even filmed with tape over her mouth.
Richmond fans have also hit out at the AFL claiming they are being spied on by AFL Integrity officers and undercover security.
One Carlton fan was shown wearing tape over her mouth (pictured) in protest against the allegations the AFL is cracking down on fans who ‘cheer too loudly’ at games or get too vocal
Brett Beattie, from Richmond’s cheer squad, said security guards from the AFL’s integrity unit had dressed up ‘like FBI agents’ in order to monitor fans and eject them if they get too rowdy.
Richmond’s cheer squad has already asked the AFL to send them a list of terms they can’t use after a string of patrons were removed from games.
Mr Beattie told The Herald Sun there was a notably beefed up security presence after a Richmond fan called an umpire a ‘green maggot’ during a Round 5 clash against Hawthorn.
Meanwhile Western Bulldogs great Luke Darcy told Talking Footy he felt things were getting out of hand when it came to disciplining fans.
At least two Carlton Blues’ fans were ejected during Saturday night’s game, which was also caught on television cameras
‘We’ve got undercover AFL investigators that are dressed up with a fake hat and moustache, is this communist China? What’s going on,’ he said.
Collingwood fan Simon Grech said he was threatened with eviction from the Cricket Ground on Monday night for ‘barracking too loud’.
‘I’m not at the ballet, I’m at the footy. I pay $1000 a year… Why should the AFL take my money and then take away my right to support my team?’ Mr Grech told The Age.
The 39-year-old said police approached him during the second half because of his behaviour during the game and told him he needed to ‘tone it down’.
‘You want me to start fairy clapping? Are we at a cupcake contest?’ Mr Grech said.
Mr Beattie said there was a place for heckling and being a passionate fan and said fans deserved more clarity on where the AFL draws the line.
Collingwood fan Simon Grech (pictured) said he was threatened with eviction from the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Monday night for ‘barracking too loud’