In a stunning turn of events, an Essendon supporter who delivered a nasty spray to Max Gawn was reportedly arrested after the match.
The fan got in Melbourne star Gawn’s face and hurled abuse at him as he went to retrieve the ball from over the boundary line after being awarded a free kick on Sunday.
After being spoken to by security, the man reportedly left Etihad Stadium on his own accord.
And according to The Herald Sun, police have now confirmed the man was arrested after they saw footage of the incident.
However he was reportedly arrested in relation to a stolen car, with police believing the 32-year-old Coburg man was a suspect they were trying to locate.
He has since been released and no charges were laid.
The incident with Gawn was deemed unacceptable by Essendon and not consistent with the club’s values.
The remorseful supporter was issued with a first and final warning by the Bombers and apologised to the club and Gawn for his behaviour.
“I am truly sorry and embarrassed by my behaviour,” the unnamed member said via a club statement released on Monday.
“Watching that back on TV I was sickened by my outburst, especially as there were women and children nearby.
“I now realise that Max Gawn was just doing his job playing football and my actions were terrible.
“This has made me look at myself and realise never to behave like that again.
“I would like to apologise to Max Gawn for my behaviour and also to my family who have been embarrassed and ashamed of my behaviour.”
If found to have breached the member code of conduct again he will face further disciplinary action and have his membership revoked.
Gawn pointed out the fan to security and smiled in his direction after he kicked a goal from a tight angle to continue a match-winning rally by the Demons.
The ruckman wasn’t overly upset by the incident but felt it wasn’t appropriate given the foul language used in the vicinity of small kids.