I am going to put as little analysis as possible into this one and let the “facts” as presented by the Lying Press speak for themselves:
Two pitch invaders, violence in the stands and a wave of evictions took the gloss off the showpiece of the AFL’s celebration of Indigenous Australia at the MCG on Saturday night.
The Dreamtime at the ‘G clash between Richmond and Essendon turned sour from the three quarter time break, when two spectators invaded the pitch – before a brawl broke out in the fourth term.
Victoria Police said more than 50 people were evicted from the ground during the match and two officers were assaulted.
They allege a 21-year-old man bit an officer while being taken away, with another man capsicum sprayed after allegedly punching an officer.
Footage taken by a fan shows security staff struggling to contain a pitch invader dressed in Tigers colours inside the 50-metre arc – then, as the offender is being led away, another person dressed in Richmond gear jumps over the fence and is wrestled to the ground by two more guards.
A violent clash broke out between two groups of men near the Tigers’ cheer squad in the fourth quarter, according to a report in the Herald Sun, and another fan video showed three men being taken out of the ground by police.
Todd Davey, who took the footage, said the game was a ‘genuine magnet for morons’.
Another one arrested. I’m in heaven pic.twitter.com/9apCFH7Td9
— Todd Davey (@ToddJDavey) May 21, 2022
A Richmond supporter at the game told the publication up to seven people were removed from the stands near the Tigers cheer squad.
‘I witnessed at least one physical fight and several verbal altercations,’ the fan said.
I’ve never seen so many police and security at the MCG. They definitely had their work cut out for them.
‘There must have been something in the air last night because people were just crazy.’
Must have been all that drinking.
Police blamed fans drinking heavily before the game for the violence.
‘We did see what appeared to be higher levels of alcohol consumption and aggression. It was noticeable that ‘pre-loading’ of alcohol prior to the game was significant in contributing to more incidents of poor crowd behaviour than usual,’ said Inspector Jamie Templeton.
Officers are investigating an assault that occurred outside the MCG and injured three men, witch one taken to hospital.
The incidents occurred against the backdrop of a great Dreamtime at the ‘G match won by Richmond, whose players got involved in the pre-game War Cry in what was one of the biggest highlights from the Sir Doug Nicholls Round.
Imagine that. A War Cry followed by violence. At university I was told that aborigines never engaged in violence. Ever. Perhaps the war cry is a recent invention?
Look to the left, there’s a fight, look to the right there’s a fight, from half time last night it was crazy. I had a 6 year old with me. Told him I wanted to take him to dreamtime for a cultural experience. That wasn’t what I had in mind
— Dan Lennon (@Danlrcc) May 22, 2022
What I don’t understand is why people are so surprised.