‘Loud’ Collingwood fan had been reported for abusive language before


But in September 2018, he uploaded a video of himself and a friend at the footy screaming “F— you, you f—ing c—s, let’s go” with the caption “F— these c—s”.

Mr Grech confirmed to The Age that this footage was taken at the MCG during last year’s grand final.

In tweets since April, he describes the performance of Geelong player Joel Selwood as “dropping to his knees … like a $2 hooker” and calls Essendon fans “junkie cheating dogs”.

Simon Grech’s Twitter account. Credit:Twitter

“Back to the injecting room you rats,” he posted on April 25, during the Anzac Day round between Essendon and Collingwood.

He also takes aim at the French and appears to threaten violence against them.

Simon Grech's Twitter account.

Simon Grech’s Twitter account.Credit:Twitter

A fan has also revealed she reported Mr Grech for anti-social behaviour in July 2018 for “shouting” and “rude language”.

After the game, the fan, who requested anonymity, was so concerned she sent an email to AFL membership to ensure her complaint was received.

“Someone called Simon who sat behind my friend and I … He also used the c-word and f-word. He made fun of people who turned around to show displeasure in his behaviour. He often curbed behaviour when security walked by then continued once they left,” the fan said in an email to AFL membership.

The fan contacted The Age after recognising Simon Grech from a news story published on Tuesday.

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This comes as the AFL issued a warning but took “no further action” against a Carlton fan who they confirmed was leaning over the umpire’s race and abusing umpire Mathew Nicholls as he was leaving the ground at half time.

“The AFL’s message to everyone is clear – come to the footy, barrack as loud as you can, enjoy the game and do so in a responsible manner,” the AFL said in a statement.

Simon Grech was contacted for this story and confirmed the video posted was from “last year’s final”. He said he did not swear on Monday, and then ended the phone call.

With Rachel Eddie

Charlotte is a reporter for The Age.

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