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Video: Calls for crackdown in wake of AFL crowd violence


A spate of spectator brawls at AFL matches have prompted calls for a major crackdown.

Footage has emerged of four ugly brawls at the footy in the past week, three of those instances at Etihad Stadium games involving Collingwood.

The latest violent encounter happened in the swanky Medallion Club on Friday night after the Magpies defeated the Western Bulldogs.

Footage from the aftermath shows an enraged man covered in blood, urging his alleged attacker to “Come here” while security guards and patrons tried to calm him down.

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Police say three people were injured in total.

One Carnegie man, 46, was arrested at the scene and charged with intentionally and recklessly causing injury, affray, possession of cocaine and resisting arrest.

The situation has become so dire that police are calling for:

  • The strength of alcohol at the footy to be cut;
  • Dry zones extended;
  • Lifetime bans for violent and drunk thugs

The Herald Sun reports a meeting between police and Etihad Stadium managers will take place this week.

Ross Stevenson: “A lot of the reporting so far focuses on booze, but a lot of people talking to me are putting drugs in the frame for the general increase in violence.”