Alright you lot, fess up. Who gave Gil a thumping at the President’s function?
April 26, 2022 — 3.57pm
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A man was taken to hospital with serious injuries after being assaulted in the toilets during the Essendon president’s function on Anzac Day.
Police are investigating the serious assault which occurred during the last quarter of the blockbuster match. The man was left blooded in the toilet of the Olympic Room after the dinner attended by dignitaries including AFL chairman Richard Goyder and CEO Gill McLachlan.
Police confirmed a 54-year-old Kensington man was taken to hospital with injuries from an assault.
Sources said two men who were guests at the official function left the ground after the incident in the bathroom. It is unknown if one or both men were involved in the assault or what provoked the attack.
A Victoria Police spokesman confirmed Melbourne Crime Investigation Unit detectives were investigating an assault.
“Investigators have been told a man was assaulted in a toilet cubicle inside the stadium around 5.30pm. A 54-year-old Kensington man was taken to hospital with injuries,” the spokesman said.
“The exact circumstances surrounding the assault are unknown and the investigation is ongoing.”
An Ambulance Victoria spokesperson confirmed a man in his 50s was taken to St Vincent’s hospital in a stable condition with injuries to his upper body.
More than 600 people attended the Olympic Room event with tickets ranged in price from $700 to $1000 per seat.
It was the first Essendon president’s function since the infamous rabbit terrine reception in 2019 when about 30 patrons were struck down with food poisoning.
A patron at the function said they returned to the dining room from the outdoor seating after the final siren to find more than a dozen police and the bar closed.
“A few minutes later the paramedics wheeled this bloke out of the toilets. They had put a suit coat over his head I suppose to shield him from people looking at him because he looked pretty bloody and shaken,” said the guest at the dinner who preferred not to be identified.
“There was no getting away from the fact something serious had happened. They shut the bar and there were a lot of police and paramedics around. The police hung around for a long time interviewing people.”
There are many CCTV cameras in the stadium and as official guests at the function it is likely the two men who left would not be difficult to identify.
MCC boss Stuart Fox said he was unable to comment as there was a police investigation.
The AFL has been contacted for comment. Essendon said they were working with Victoria Police and helping with enquiries.