A man is facing charges after allegedly punching a woman in the face when she asked him to tone down his language during Fremantle’s AFL preliminary final loss to Hawthorn in Perth.
The victim, 38, was treated for minor injuries after the man, who was wearing a Fremantle guernsey, allegedly struck her with his right hand at Domain Stadium on Friday night.
A video of the assault appeared on social media in the hours after the Dockers exited the finals series and the man was later charged with common assault, obstructing a public officer and disorderly behaviour in a public place and is due at the Perth Magistrates Court on Saturday.
The man was quickly engulfed by surrounding spectators as other onlookers attempted 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.