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Fans leave MCG before half-time feeling unsafe in ‘mob atmosphere’

A Geelong fan left Friday night’s MCG Richmond-Geelong blockbuster before half-time for fear of crowd tensions spilling over on public transport.

Anne* has lodged official complaints with both clubs, the Melbourne Cricket Club and the AFL after what she called obscene and intimidating behaviour.

“We felt unsafe.”

A neutral fan, Ben, later told Neil Mitchell he witnessed similar behaviour – “It’s the first time where I’ve been to a game and heard that many expletives”.

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Anne said she and her daughter, aged in her twenties, felt unsafe.

“It was just just a mob atmosphere, it was terrible,” she said.

“We never leave a game early.

“Part of the reason we left early is we felt we didn’t want to be on the train – win or lose – with Richmond supporters.

“I wouldn’t want to be there with a young child.”

“The MCC have been excellent, and contacted me twice … just to say they’ll review what’s in the email.”

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*Not her real name, but 3AW Mornings has verified her details