Former AFL player Rhys Palmer is reportedly facing a life ban from all racetracks around the country after allegedly throwing his shoes during a race at Gloucester Park in Perth.
Police were called on Friday night after two shoes was hurled onto the track during a harness race.
“Unbelievably, someone has thrown a shoe onto the track,” the race caller said.
“Security please grab this man.”
Luckily, no drivers or horses were injured.
Police were reportedly seen grappling with Palmer after they arrived.
Post Rhys Plamer throwing shoes at the trots at Gloucester park pic.twitter.com/kLDw3s6fsh
— Callum Robson (@racrob95) March 15, 2019
He is believed to have been at the track with a group of Swan Districts players.
The race was won by Patrickthepiranha, driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, who spoke to The West Australian after the race.
“It was shock to see the first shoe coming,” Egerton-Green said.
“The second one went between the legs of my drive.
“We were running fourth and on the outside at the time.”
Unbelievable scenes here at Gloucester park, Rhys Palmer has thrown his shoe in attempt to hit a runner mid race. As security picked him up he says "what have I done wrong" #speechless
— Taj Evans (@tajevans1) March 15, 2019
2008 NAB rising star winner Rhys Palmer is likely to face a life ban from racetracks after he threw his shoes onto the track during Race 6 at Gloucester Park.
Fortunately, no horses or drivers were injured. pic.twitter.com/tn8wvXkute
— Nick Quinn (@Quinny_1) March 15, 2019
Acting chief steward Rhys Chappell said it was lucky no one was hurt.
“The first shoe just missed leaders and the second shoe landed among midfield runners,” Chappell said.
“We’ve never seen anything like this.”
Palmer played 132 games for Fremantle, GWS and Carlton, and won the 2008 Rising Star award.
He played his last AFL game in 2017.