Footy fan bashed with didgeridoo outside Dreamtime at the ’G
23rd May 2022

Detectives are working to identify the men who allegedly used a didgeridoo to bash a football supporter outside the feature match of AFL’s Indigenous round.

The grandfather of the 25-year-old Richmond fan said his grandson suffered a fractured skull and facial injuries after he was set upon while leaving the MCG following the Richmond and Essendon Dreamtime at the ’G game on Saturday night.

In separate interviews with Nine News and 3AW, Robert Allingham said up to seven young males appeared out of the blue as he and his grandson walked from the ground.

“They bashed him over the head,” Allingham said. “One more blow and he might have died.”

Speaking from his hospital bed, the injured Richmond supporter – who lives in Essendon – described those responsible for his injuries as “weak, cowards”.

He is expected to undergo surgery on Monday.

“Two guys like came from nowhere with like a big stick and didgeridoo. That’s when like they started attacking us,” said the man, who asked not to be named. “I could’ve died right there and then. Weak, cowards.”

A police spokeswoman said detectives from Melbourne’s criminal investigation unit were investigating the attack.

They said it was understood two groups of men were involved in an altercation on the footpath between the MCG and Birrarung Marr, about 10.40pm.

Three men were injured, and one was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“The other men fled the scene on foot,” they said.

The incident outside the MCG came after violent scenes inside the ground that saw more than 50 fans ejected for bad behaviour from Saturday night’s game.

Victoria Police blamed some fans “pre-loading” on drinks and coming to the game drunk for some of the behaviour at the game, where two fans were fined for running onto the field.

One man also allegedly bit a police officer, while a teenager is expected to be charged with assault.

Police said they would be talking to the MCC and the licensee after the incidents, which could result in alcohol availability at the stadium being limited.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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