The online backlash towards MCG and their security staff has continued after All Black fullback Jordie Barrett was escorted calmly from the ground after skolling half a beer, according to eye witness accounts.
In comments made on Facebook after the news broke, attendees nearby described chants of ‘skol’ by a group of fans around Barrett who obliged by finishing what was left of his beer. The harmless gulp led to security staff intervening and evicting him for ‘bad behaviour’.
An official statement from Victoria police confirmed that the New Zealand nationals had received 24-hour bans.
“The 22-year-old and 23-year-old, both New Zealand nationals, have been evicted and have incurred a 24-hour ban from the MCG,” a Victoria Police spokeswoman told Stuff.
Following the overzealous actions towards Barrett, more reports have come out online about the insanely aggressive nature of the security staff, who threatened to evict a group of supporters if they chanted ‘Sonny Bill’ one more time.
Can’t comment on the Jordie Barrett eviction but jovial and harmless NZ supporters in front of me were threatened with eviction from MCG security with police lined up in tow, if they chanted ‘Sonny Bill’ one more time during the morning session.#NZvAUS #BoxingDayTest #heavyhanded
— Craig Stanaway (@CraigStanaway) December 28, 2019
Evicting Jordie Barrett from the MCG for finishing half a beer, and not letting the Yellow Fever do their usual 'shirts off when the Phoenix are in the lead with 10 to go' at Mars Stadium is more arrogance from security, and a reason why people stop going to sporting fixtures.
— Stephen Gallagher (@SWTGallagher) December 28, 2019
— @damobart ?? (@DAM0BART) December 28, 2019
Jordie Barrett is now my favourite Barrett. #JusticeForJordie
— Lily Franklin (@lilyffranklin13) December 28, 2019
Another report online spoke of a fan who was ‘tackled’ by security staff for building a cup snake with empty plastic cups.
As the Black Caps fought back late in the day with some spirited bowling from Neil Wagner, the vocal New Zealand supporters group was seen surrounded by Victorian police and security staff.
It remains to be seen whether Jordie Barrett will attend Day 5 of the test should the Black Caps survive and push the match into the final day.
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