A man has been arrested after allegedly hitting a footy fan with a didgeridoo outside the MCG last Saturday night.
The horrific incident saw the victim, a Richmond supporter, assaulted after the… Dreamtime clash against Essendon.
Victoria Police arrested a 26-year-old man in a Melbourne suburb on Wednesday morning.
The man was wearing a gray hoodie as he was escorted from the site by police. The man is said to have knocked the Tigers fan, known only as Daniel, 25, off the ground along Birrarung Marr, causing him to suffer skull fractures and a broken nose.
Daniel left the stadium when it was reported that he was attacked.
Victoria Police arrested a 26-year-old man in a Melbourne suburb on Wednesday after allegedly assaulting a stranger with a didgeridoo outside the MCG on Saturday night.
Richmond footy fan Daniel was left with two skull fractures and a broken nose outside the MCG on Saturday night after the alleged assault
Confrontational footage shows him being beaten on the head before he can get up.
Seconds later, he loses his balance again and falls.
“When I saw the footage, it looked like I was falling and hitting my head on the ground,” he said.
“To carry something and want to use it (didgeridoo) as a weapon is just weak and cowardly.
His grandfather, Robert, said the alleged attack “came out of the blue” and confirmed Daniel’s injuries.
He also told 3AW radio that the attack was unprovoked and that one of the alleged perpetrators spat on Daniel at the scene.
Shocked witnesses were outraged by the nauseating attack.
“It was really bad, I thought he was going to die because of the way he fell and the way the guy hit him with the didgeridoo,” one person said. seven news†
“I was worried about me and my friends because who knows what they could have done to us.”
“It was pretty violent, if hectic.”
His mate added: ‘It was disgusting. My heart was beating so fast when I was there.’
Two intruders from the field, violence in the stands and a spate of evictions took the shine off Indigenous Australia’s flagship AFL celebration at the MCG.
The Dreamtime at the Richmond-Essendon G-clash turned sour from the three-quarter timeout, as two spectators burst into the field – before a brawl broke out in the fourth term.
Police have arrested a man, 26, (circled in red) who allegedly beat a footy fan with a didgeridoo outside the MCG last Saturday night
The field invasions and violence marred an otherwise great Dreamtime at the ‘G contest, which Richmond won by 32 points (Tigers star Dustin Martin, pictured)
A lifelong footy fan said the crowd in attendance at Saturday’s Dreamtime game was the worst he’s ever witnessed and as a result he wouldn’t be attending the game again
Victoria Police said more than 50 people were knocked off the ground during the match and two officers were attacked.
They allege that a 21-year-old man bit an officer while he was being taken away, while another man sprayed bell peppers after allegedly beating an officer.
Footage from a fan shows security personnel struggling to contain a pitch intruder dressed in Tigers colors within a 50-yard arc – as the assailant is led away, another person dressed in Richmond gear jumps over the fence and struggles to the ground by two more guards.
In the fourth quarter, a violent clash broke out between two groups of men near the Tigers cheerleaders, according to a report in the Herald Sunand another fan video showed three men being pulled from the ground by police.
Police accused fans of heavy drinking before the match of the violence.
Another fan on the ground told Daily Mail Australia that he repeatedly heard another man yelling racist remarks at Richmond’s player Maurice Rioli (pictured) at the Indigenous marquee.
One of an estimated 50 fans evicted from the stadium by police is being led out of the MCG on Saturday night.
A video taken by a fan captured the first intruder as security struggled to get them under control in three quarters of an hour
‘We did see what appeared to be higher levels of alcohol use and aggression. It was striking that ‘pre-loading’ alcohol prior to the match contributed significantly to more incidents of bad public behavior than usual,” said Detective Inspector Jamie Templeton.
Officers are investigating an attack that took place outside the MCG that left three men injured, one of whom was taken to hospital.
The incidents took place 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 of the Sir Doug Nicholls Round.
Richmond midfielder Marlion Pickett was instrumental in designing the guernsey the Tigers wore on Saturday night and participated in the pre-game ceremony despite a one-week suspension for rough behavior.
Speaking on Fox Footy, former Brisbane Lions great Jonathan Brown described the celebration as one of the highlights of the season and emphasized the importance of Pickett being allowed to participate in the ceremony.