Police charge three after Richmond affray

Police have arrested three people following an affray at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last Thursday (21 March).

It is alleged the fight broke out between a number of males inside the stadium just before 10.30pm.

The 19-year-old man from Eltham initially received an infringement notice in regards to riotous behaviour for $322.

Upon further investigation, police today charged the Eltham man with affray.

A 19-year-old and 21-year-old both from Greensborough were also charged with affray.

All men were bailed and will appear at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on 4 July.

Superintendent David Clayton said the message to the community was very clear – police will not tolerate any behaviour that compromises the safety of others.

“There will be a highly visible presence at sporting matches each weekend in public, membership and corporate areas,” Supt Clayton said.

“Tens of thousands of sporting fans attend matches every week. The vast majority support their team and enjoy the atmosphere safely and responsibly.

“Victoria Police treats poor behaviour at sports matches very seriously, and on occasion there are a few individuals who choose to do the wrong thing.

“People will be held accountable for their actions. Anyone found to be drunk, assaulting someone or engaging in an affray at sporting matches can expect to be arrested by police and put before the court.

“Upon conviction, police will consider making an application for Exclusion Orders which can see people banned from licenced premises for two years.

“Those doing the wrong thing may also be ejected from the ground, along with a consideration of being banned from the venue or attending the sporting code.”

/Public Release. View in full here.