Melbourne Cricket Ground - MCG change rooms incident at Collingwood-Brisbane Lions match on Saturday night
  • MCC Logo
  • NSM Logo

MCG change rooms incident at Collingwood-Brisbane Lions match on Saturday night

Aug 22, 2011

The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC) wishes to clarify reports regarding an incident that occurred in the players’ change rooms at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Saturday night at the Collingwood-Brisbane Lions match.

The club can confirm that two men gained unauthorised access to the Brisbane Lions rooms approximately one hour prior to the match. It is understood that one of the men was a former Brisbane Lions staff member, who brought a guest with him to the MCG.

Upon further investigation, it has become apparent that after entering the stadium at Gate 1, the two men were permitted access to the change rooms by Brisbane Lions officials.

Both men spent time in the rooms prior to the match and during the first half. Once alerted to the unauthorised entry, Brisbane officials notified MCG security management, who in turn engaged Victoria Police to remove the men.

One man was found to have a number of items on his possession in a bag, including a knife.  At no stage did the knife leave the man’s bag and it was not used in any way.

“Incidents like this reinforce the need to be constantly vigilant when it comes to access arrangements in all areas of the stadium,” said MCC CEO Stephen Gough.

“We will review our access procedures and also work with the AFL and its clubs to ensure only authorised personnel gain access to the team change rooms in future.”

The MCC will not be making any further comment on this matter.

- Ends –

IF Australia is unlikely to host football’s World Cup in the foreseeable future, then maybe 2015 will be looked back on as the year that brought the next best thing

Herald Sun

WHEN Shane Watson last had a newborn he recalls then Australian coach Mickey Arthur “banning” families from the first couple of weeks of the England Test tour.

Herald Sun

FAHID Ben Khalfallah capped off a brilliant 2014-15 season by taking out the Victory Medal in a thrilling vote count at Crown’s Palladium on Friday night.

Herald Sun

A BLOOPER-of-the-year contender from James O’Connor on Friday night tripped the Reds when victory was there for the taking. Watch the howler.

Herald Sun

NICK Kyrgios has been handed a testing French Open draw as Bernard Tomic’s hopes of Roland Garros glory were also given a timely boost.

Herald Sun