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Three men charged over assault near MCG after AFL Richmond v Hawthorn final

Three men have been arrested over assault after the Richmond v Geelong final. Photo: Getty
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Three men have been charged over an assault that took place near the MCG following Thursday night’s AFL qualifying final, after police released footage of the attack.

Police said two men were walking along Wellington Parade, in East Melbourne, to catch a taxi after the game between Richmond and Hawthorn when they were approached by three strangers.

It is alleged a verbal altercation took place before the pair were assaulted by the three men.

Video released by police showed a man being repeatedly punched in the head while lying on the ground, before being stomped on.

The 61-year-old from Rosebud suffered a fractured cheekbone.

His friend, a 45-year-old from Mount Evelyn, received a broken arm and facial injuries in the attack.

The attack was filmed by witnesses who later assisted the injured pair.

The video was released by investigators in an attempt to identify the three men involved.

Police said two men aged 24 and 27 were arrested in North Fitzroy on Friday evening, while a 27-year-old man from East Melbourne was arrested after he went to Richmond Police Station.

All three were later charged with intentionally causing injury, recklessly causing injury and other assault-related offences.

The three men were all bailed to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in December.