‘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…

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Strong push to keep a permanent lid on Marvel for all footy

There are five more day games scheduled at Marvel Stadium for the rest of the home and away season, with the next one a Sunday clash in round 15 between St Kilda and Richmond starting at 1.10pm. If the sun is out on that late June day and the roof is closed, then it’s all but certain the roof will remain closed permanently for AFL games. The retractable roof at the Docklands stadium has long been a bugbear for players, fans and broadcasters. Who has power over whether it’s open…

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Wests Tigers-bound Mannah could return to Eels after retirement

Tim Mannah’s impending move to Wests Tigers won’t affect his chances of returning to Parramatta in an off-field role once he retires from football. Mannah is still expected to make the switch to the Tigers well before the June 30 deadline, but all parties have several issues to work through before the transfer happens. Mannah is currently an ambassador for the Parramatta Leagues Club and the blue and golds remain amenable to employing the veteran prop once he finishes playing. Moving on: Tim Mannah is set to join Wests Tigers.Credit:AAP…

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Cats get creative in effort to keep Kelly

“Everyone’s got their own circumstances, but we’d be silly not be creative in our thinking in order to keep a good player like Tim Kelly.” West Coast, Fremantle and the Cats remain in a three-way tug of war for him but Geelong remain confident that their creative 1+1-year proposal will be enough to retain the mature-aged recruit. While the club would and has offered Kelly a longer term contract, it’s understood that initial offer didn’t sit well with the player, as he continues to wrestle with the prospect of returning…

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Labor MP calls for ‘much greater’ parliamentary oversight of security agencies after AFP raids

“People were quite surprised by the raids last week. It has led them to question the powers of the security agencies and police force,” he told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. “The way to meet those concerns is to have increased transparency and accountability.” Loading He wants the committee to be empowered as a more independent body that can examine the operational activities of the security agencies and initiate its own inquiries. This would mean that the committee could, for example, initiate an inquiry into last week’s police…

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Tax expert reveals everything you need to know before June 30

Plenty of workers rush to lodge their tax returns as soon as possible, either in the hope of scoring a nice refund as quickly as possible, or due to fear of falling foul of the tax man. But it turns out it’s actually far better to hold out. That’s according to Ben Johnston from leading Sydney accounting firm Willett Johnston Partners, who said taxpayers usually had far longer to lodge their tax return than many realised. The average taxpayer should lodge their return in late July at the earliest. Picture:…

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Cronulla Sharks coach urges NSW Blues coach Brad Fittler to pick Matt Prior

But it’s the only Origin game he has played to date and Prior can stake an undeniable claim with a strong performance for the red-hot Sharks against the Raiders in Canberra on Thursday night. “It was great that he got that one game last year, but I think he would definitely love another shot at it,” Morris said. It was great that he got that one game last year, but I think he would definitely love another shot at it John Morris “It’s one area NSW may need to make…

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Big W toy sale slammed online

The list of items for the Big W toy sale was sent out on Tuesday night to savvy parents who had registered online with the discount department store, and the initial responses have been mixed. After the catalogue arrived in email inboxes late in the evening, dedicated Facebook pages were flooded with requests for advice and reviews. But some were less impressed with the 112-page collection of toys. “Anyone else think the toy sale catalogue was a bunch of crap,” one user asked the Facebook group Big W Mums Australia.…

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Setka’s wife stands by her man

Loading “My family has been dragged through the mud and we’re simply asking for privacy to heal our marriage, protect our children, just as any parent would want to do.” Mr Setka, the long-term secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union, is facing a chorus of condemnation for his comments about anti-domestic violence campaigner Rosie Batty, and calls for him to be expelled from the Labor Party and stand down from the CFMMEU’s leadership. Unions and the Labor Party had maintained a steely silence on Mr Setka’s…

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‘Barrack as loud as you can’

The Carlton fan who abused longstanding umpire Mathew Nicholls has been given a warning and the AFL has said no further action will be taken. In a statement, the AFL confirmed Marvel Stadium security was alerted to a patron leaning over the umpire’s race and abusing Nicholls as he was leaving the ground at halftime last Saturday. “The patron has received a warning and no further action will be taken,” the league said in a statement. “The AFL’s message to everyone is clear – come to the footy, barrack as…

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