Perth’s AFL crowds are in the bad books yet again after vision emerged of a man hitting a woman during Fremantle’s preliminary final loss to Hawthorn at Domain Stadium on Friday night.
The shocking video appeared on social media in the hours after the Dockers exited the finals series and shows a man wearing a Michael Walters No.10 Fremantle guernsey strike a female patron to the face with his right hand.
The man is quickly engulfed by surrounding spectators as other onlookers attempt to shield children from the violent outburst and usher them to safety.
It wasn’t the only incident on a disappointing night, with Hawks players Isaac Smith and Luke Breust also involved in close calls with over-excited fans.
Running to retrieve a ball that rolled towards the boundary fence, Smith recoiled as a male Freo supporter shaped to slap him with his right hand before hurling abuse at the Hawthorn star.
Breust was involved in a scary incident after he was slung into the boundary fence where a Dockers fan appeared to make contact with him. A stadium official later confirmed that fan had been ejected from the game for his actions.
The incidents only serve to further damage the reputation of local crowds who made headlines this year when Sydney champion Adam Goodes was booed loudly at a West Coast game in round 17 and then again by a smaller section of the crowd during the qualifying final against Fremantle.
Members of the crowd were ejected for making racist remarks during both of those games.