Victoria Police and MCG security staff have copped a battering from cricket fans on social media after a series of reports of people being ejected from the Boxing Day Test for skolling a beer.
A variety of videos and complaints were posted to social media throughout the MCG Test, with the MCG's Twitter account eventually responding to some of the complaints.
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It is policy at the ground for anyone seen skolling their drink to be asked to leave - but that news went down like a lead balloon for Melbourne fans celebrating Australia's huge win over England in the Third Test.
There have been a handful of hilarious viral videos showing Aussie fans hamming it up for the crowd with their drinks throughout the series so far, most notably one gentleman at the Adelaide Test.
While some might call it a tradition, sparked by former Prime Minister Bob Hawke's memorable skoll at the 2018 New Year's Test in Sydney, it was clear neither the police nor the venue would be having it.
In a statement, Victoria Police stopped short of describing the behaviour as illegal, but nevertheless assisted MCG staff in enforcing the policy throughout the Test.
“Skolling of alcohol is associated with intoxication and disruptive behaviour, which can lead to other public order issues," the Victoria Police statement read.
"We have a strong focus on the responsible consumption of alcohol to ensure all patrons are able to enjoy the cricket safely.”
Thank you for your message.
Yes, it is stadium policy to eject patrons from The 'G who scull their alcoholic beverages.
MCG Social Media Team
— Melbourne Cricket Ground (@MCG) December 27, 2021
That stance was met with some frustration, with the Sydney Morning Herald interviewing one fan who vowed to continue doing so on the sly.
25-year-old Ruben Jamieson said some common sense was in order.
“If you’re sitting in your seat finishing your drink, surely they won’t kick you out,” he asked.
“What are the rules here? Is there a minimum amount of time you have to take to finish your beer? It does seem silly. We’ve been in lockdown for two years and people can’t skol a beer.”
Sadly, there’s prior form at course and distance… https://t.co/GyhIwWaKwR
— Rory Flanagan (@Rory_Flanagan) December 27, 2021
Cant help but wonder what Bob Hawkes reaction would be at people being ejected from the MCG for drinking a beer too fast. @BobHawke_PM what a world!
— Campbell Brown (@BrownDoggggx30) December 28, 2021
Heavy-handed enforcement of skolling ban upsets cricket fans
According to the Herald Sun a 'steady stream' of patrons were escorted from the MCG for various infractions.
Victorian state opposition leader Matthew Guy drew on his credentials as a 'public schoolboy' to call for some common sense when it came to enforcing the rule.
“If it was good enough for former prime minister Bob Hawke to skol a beer at the cricket then let’s not go over the top (with rules),” he said on Tuesday.
“If it’s a beer or two to skol, good luck to them. I’m a public schoolboy, I reckon it’s a great thing to do sometimes.”
Aussie fans had plenty to celebrate on Tuesday morning as the home side completed a demolition job on England well before lunch to win the Ashes.
Tuesday's innings-and-14-run flogging of England was befitting of the first three Tests of the summer, with the two-and-a-bit days marking the quickest Test victory in Australia in 71 years.
So too was it symbolic of England's meek resistance, with Scott Boland's 6-7 seeing them all out for 68 on Tuesday, sending them to a new low at the end of a horror month.
Winning Ashes series at home has become routine for Australia, with eight of the last nine on home soil wrapped up inside the first three Tests.
But captain Pat Cummins is desperate for this to only be the beginning, wanting to whitewash the series in Sydney and Hobart for World Test Championship points and return to No.1.
"It doesn't just feel like a 3-0 victory, it feels like we're really setting ourselves up for the next few years as well," Cummins said.
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