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Footy fans fight after AFL final in Vic

AN argument over the footy has sparked a violent post-match fight that left two Carlton AFL supporters with broken noses.
The two men were knocked unconscious during the fight with two other men, sparked by a disagreement over "footy banter" after Carlton's upset win over Richmond in Sunday night's elimination final at the MCG.

Senior Constable Sarah Marland said the violent incident was serious.

"Sticks and stones, if someone has something to say just keep moving. If something does happen call police don't try and action it yourself," Sen Const Marland said on Monday.

"It's serious ... it's pretty violent ... to be taken to hospital. They were bleeding. I don't want to see that happen to anyone else."

The fight broke out near Richmond train station after the final at the nearby MCG.

Sen Const Marland said the men had possibly been at a pub but police had not ruled out that it was a personal attack.

The two groups of men have both claimed that the other side started the fight and are maintaining different versions of what happened, she said.

Police are calling for witnesses to help piece together why the incident occurred and look at whether greater police presence in the area was needed.

Two men, a 25-year-old from Chelsea and a 26-year-old Clayton man wearing Richmond Football Club clothing, were interviewed and released by police.

They may face charges of recklessly causing injury and intentionally causing injury and serious injury.

The 34-year-old Heathmont man and 31-year-old Heidelberg man who were knocked unconscious have both been treated for broken noses.

Ambulance Victoria spokesman Paul Bentley said two men were taken to The Alfred Hospital, both suffering upper body injuries, and are in a stable condition.

Police believe a number of people may have witnessed the altercation and are currently reviewing CCTV footage in the area.

Source: news.com.au
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