Officials from two Melbourne surburban football clubs have gone into hiding after a fight that sparked a Victoria Police investigation marred a junior grand final on Sunday.
An Australian Rules umpire was allegedly attacked while fans fought with each other following a tense end to an under-15’s clash between Albion and Point Cook.
Point Cook won the match, benefiting from two 50-metre penalties that saw them kick a late goal and claim victory, before furious players and spectators reportedly chased the umpire off the ground.
Victoria Police told The New Daily: “We are investigating the affray that occurred at the Hoppers Crossing Football Club yesterday afternoon.
“The incident occurred on Hogans Road about 4.30pm yesterday.
“No one was seriously injured and the investigation is ongoing.”
The Western Region Football League confirmed to The New Daily they were also reviewing the incident.
“The Western Region Football League is investigating an incident that followed the Under-15 Division 2 Grand Final between Albion and Point Cook at Hogans Road Reserve on Sunday afternoon,” they said.
“The league has no further comment to make at this time.”
A video of the aftermath has been posted online, which shows fans pushing each other in view of children.
Officials from both clubs did not return calls from The New Daily, with the Albion Football Club urging their members not to talk to the press.
“The incidents after yesterday’s U15’s Grand Final are currently being investigated,” they said.
“The Albion Football Club strongly advises all members not to engage in any conversations with media outlets.”
Responding on Albion’s Facebook page, a man named Shane Boyd wrote: “It’s a pity these so called media outlets are implying that what happened was the result of the two 50’s at the end of the game.
“If the person who knocked my daughter over flat on her face (less than a week before she starts chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer) reads this you are lucky I don’t know who you are.”
Earlier on Monday, Point Cook President Ivo Havard told 3AW Radio that fans were “out of control” after the siren while a caller into the station said the incident was “quite frightening”.
“The [umpire] would’ve been absolutely terrified. He’s just doing his job,” the man said.
Another caller spoke of how fans “ran off the ground” abusing the umpire once the final siren had sounded.
Paramedics treated a man for a minor injury in the aftermath but he was not taken to hospital.