A former Queensland Maroons consultant was caught up within the sickening brawl that marred the opening day of Magic Round.
Former Queensland and Sea Eagles consultant Owen Cunningham was caught up within the sickening brawl that marred the opening day of Magic Round at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium
On Friday night, footage emerged of a bodily altercation on the northern finish of the western stand, with roughly half a dozen males throwing punches and tumbling backwards over chairs.
The struggle lasted a few minute earlier than safety and police intervened.
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The video shortly circulated social media, with rugby league followers voicing their disgust on the crowd behaviour and lack of safety intervention.
A Queensland Police spokesperson confirmed to information.com.au that three folks concerned within the altercation have been evicted by police and handed penalty infringement notices for disorderly conduct on a licensed premises — however there aren’t any energetic assault complaints.
Rugby league icon Phil Gould tweeted: “Why come to the football and behave like that? It’s got nothing to do with the NRL, clubs, fans, ground security. Zero. Why blame them? If people want to carry on like brainless hooligans, they will. All you can do now is identify them and bar the instigators from ever attending.”
As revealed by The Daily Telegraph, Cunningham discovered himself embroiled within the brawl after his son was allegedly coward punched by one of many spectators.
In footage shared to Twitter, the 55-year-old appeared to the struck within the head in the course of the incident, whereas his son ended up in hospital with a damaged sinus bone.
Cunningham, who was carrying a sling having lately undergone shoulder surgical procedure, is seen defending his face in the course of the ugly ordeal.
“There were about eight of them … it was a f***ing disgrace,” Cunningham instructed News Corp.
“I’ve never seen anything like it. It was like they were there for a stink, not the football.
“My oldest boy Ethan was sitting with his girlfriend and they were making some derogatory comments towards her.
“Then it started and my bloke got kinged (king hit) between the eyes. It was shocking.
“We got escorted out and took Ethan straight to hospital.”
Speaking to The Courier Mail concerning the incident, NRL chief government Andrew Abdo slammed Queensland rugby league followers and threatened to impose bans.
“There’s absolutely no place for violence at our games,” he stated.
“Aside from the action the authorities may take, we will also ban any fan who engages in violence in the grandstands. It will not be tolerated.
“Magic Round is a celebration of our game, our fans and families. Almost 150,000 fans will attend this weekend and we will speak with the Stadium, who oversees security, to ensure the right measures are in place.”
Cunningham performed 276 NRL video games after making his first-grade debut in 1985, representing the Manly Sea Eagles, Northern Eagles and North Queensland.
He additionally featured in a single State of Origin fixture for the Queensland Maroons in 1996.