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Jake Melksham has surgery after punching teammate Steven May as restaurant calls stars ‘disgraceful’

Jake Melksham has surgery after decking Melbourne Demons teammate Steven May – as ritzy French restaurant where clash happened brands players ‘disgraceful’

  • Melbourne Demons teammates were involved in a public fracas on Sunday night
  • Jake Melksham, 30, allegedly ‘floored’ Steven May following a grand final slur
  • Swanky Prahran restaurant Entrecote labelled players ‘disgraceful’ for conduct
  • Both players are out this weekend, Melksham had hand surgery after incident

Demons star Jake Melsham has been forced to have surgery after punching his teammate Steven May in a ritzy French restaurant that has branded the players’ behaviour ‘disgraceful’.

In extraordinary scenes, Melksham, 30, allegedly ‘floored’ May on Sunday, seconds after he was taunted for missing last year’s premiership triumph versus Western Bulldogs.

‘If you had played in the granny (grand final), we would have lost,’ May allegedly said to Melksham, once an amateur boxer, during an alcohol-fuelled public fracas at exclusive Prahran restaurant Entrecote.

On Tuesday night, Entrecote posted on its Instagram account: ‘Still no apology to my staff or the restaurant…disgraceful effort @stevenmay @melbournefc.’

The post has since been edited, with the fine dining establishment stating on Wednesday ‘we have received a formal apology from both parties which we have accepted.’

The Instagram post from Entrecote on Tuesday where they labelled the conduct of Melbourne Demons players Steven May and Jake Melksham ‘disgraceful’

Following a grovelling private apology from the AFL stars, the fine dining establishment in Prahran declared the matter closed

Following a grovelling private apology from the AFL stars, the fine dining establishment in Prahran declared the matter closed

Following the incident, the Demons suspended May for one week for drinking while recovering from concussion, while Melksham also won’t play on Monday against Collingwood at the MCG.

The veteran underwent surgery to clean up an infection in his hand following the ‘disagreement’ with May.

According to the Herald Sun, at least seven players dined at the swanky restaurant on Greville St on Sunday, with the argument unfolding around 9pm.

Sources at the scene labelled some members of the group ‘smashed’.

Once the incident went public, the Demons issued a statement on Tuesday.

‘Following a dinner on Sunday evening, Jake and Steven informed us of a scuffle that took place after a lighthearted disagreement between the pair escalated,’ Alan Richardson, the club’s general manager of football performance, said.

‘Both had been drinking at dinner and are incredibly remorseful that things played out the way they did.

In extraordinary scenes, Jake Melksham allegedly 'floored' teammate Steven May (pictured) on Sunday after he was taunted for missing last year's premiership triumph versus the Western Bulldogs

In extraordinary scenes, Jake Melksham allegedly ‘floored’ teammate Steven May (pictured) on Sunday after he was taunted for missing last year’s premiership triumph versus the Western Bulldogs

'If you had have played in the granny (grand final), we would have lost,' May allegedly said to Melksham (pictured) during an alcohol-fuelled public fracas at Prahran restaurant Entrecote

‘If you had have played in the granny (grand final), we would have lost,’ May allegedly said to Melksham (pictured) during an alcohol-fuelled public fracas at Prahran restaurant Entrecote

Entrecote is regarded as one of Melbourne's premier restaurants, with set menus just under $100 per person

Entrecote is regarded as one of Melbourne’s premier restaurants, with set menus just under $100 per person

‘The leadership group has recommended to impose a one-match ban on Steven, a decision which has been endorsed by the club’s broader leadership.’

A contrite May later added it ‘will be hard watching (on Monday) knowing I’m responsible for not being out there’ and this his focus is earning back the respect of his teammates following his ‘error of judgement.’

He also insisted there is no bad blood with Melksham, as they are ‘really good mates we have a lot of love for each other.’

‘Sometimes guys can get a little bit competitive with the banter and go a little bit overboard,’ he said.

‘We are still good friends, it was just a silly decision that we deeply regret.’

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