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Brawl With Axes and Spears Breaks Out at AFL Game


brawlDuring an Australian Rules Football game Sunday a brawl (not picture) featuring several hundred people, some armed with axes and spears, broke out. Initially the fighting began on the field when one team was awarded a free kick. This, obviously led to such a massive free-for-all that, when the police arrived on scene, they legitimately feared for their own safety.

“As you can imagine, even when a number of police cars turn up, when you’ve got a crowd that’s potentially 500-strong, it’s difficult to take proactive action at the time,” Superintendent Brent Warren told reporters, “That’s why we tend to respond to these kind of incidents by doing the follow-up investigation the next day and taking action against individuals we can identify later on. Police are confident they have identified some of the people involved.”

The nascent Groote Eytlandt football league only began about 6 months ago and will be responsible for disciplining the players involved. The police believe, though that “the sport is really important for the community,” Warren said, “As a result of what happened the police will be maintaining a presence at all Groote Eylandt football matches until the end of the season. The behaviour that was displayed yesterday is just not acceptable and we won’t tolerate it.”

[Sydney Morning Herald]


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