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Man charged after brawl erupts at Sydney footy match

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Two teams have been stood down from an amateur rugby league competition and a man has been charged after an “outrageous” brawl at a local match in Sydney’s south-west.
The brawl boke out at a Berala Bears and Lalor Park Kookaburras match at the Terry Lamb Complex at Chester Hill, about 3pm yesterday.
Police were called to the oval shortly after the incident, but most people had dispersed.
Vision of the brawl was soon posted to social media.
Police have since charged a 21-year-old man from Merrylands with affray and behave in offensive manner in public.
The Berala Bears today announced they would withdraw their Men’s Open Silver team from the competition.
The Lalor Park Kookaburras team has been stood down pending a full investigation.
A NSW Rugby League (NSWR) spokesperson said they were aware of the incident and are assisting police with the investigation.
“The NSWRL has a zero-tolerance approach towards violent and/or abusive conduct towards players, officials and spectators,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said a review will take place, which will “take into account any video footage” as well as reports from the ground manager, referees and any eyewitnesses.
Police expect there will be more arrests to come and urge anybody who could identify those involved, or who had additional footage of the fight, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The 21-year-old year old man was granted conditional bail to appear before Bankstown Local Court on July 13.



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