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Demon star Christian Petracca swears by AFL boss Gillon McLachlan at Brownlow Medal Crown Casino

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Angry Melbourne superstar Christian Petracca lets a foul outburst at AFL boss Gillon McLachlan for mispronouncing his name on the Brownlow – that’s how you say it right

  • Outgoing AFL CEO repeatedly uttered the star’s last name during the ceremony
  • Petracca responded by saying ‘for God’s sake’ as he listened to the count
  • Some fans were confused about the correct pronunciation after the vote ended

Melbourne star Christian Petracca lashed out at Gillon McLachlan during the Brownlow Medal and swore at the AFL CEO while repeatedly mispronouncing his last name while reading the referees’ voices on Footy’s Night of Nights.

The Demons midfielder said: ‘For God’s sakes it’s Petracca’ just after McLachlan read the votes for round 16 of the season.

The AFL boss had repeatedly pronounced his last name “Pet-rack-a” when the correct pronunciation is “Pet-rah-ka.”

Petracca finished sixth in the medal tally with 24 votes, meaning his name popped up several times Sunday night, with McLachlan being one of the judges who had to read out the referees’ numbers for each round.

The Demons star was seen saying ‘It’s Petracca, for God’s sake’ after Gillon McLachlan repeatedly mispronounced his last name Sunday night

The AFL CEO (pictured during the ceremony) pronounced his name

The AFL CEO (pictured during the ceremony) pronounced his name “Pet-rack-a” instead of the correct way, “Pet-rah-ka”

The 26-year-old was equal leader of the count after six rounds, but gradually slipped as Carlton skipper Patrick Cripps took the top honors of the game.

It seems McLachlan wasn’t the only one confused about the correct pronunciation of Petracca’s name, with several fans responding to his gaffe by asking Twitter what the real pronunciation is.

“To be honest, the nickname ‘Trak’ – pronounced Track – doesn’t really help his cause,” one wrote.

Cripps first claimed the AFL’s top honors with three votes in Carlton’s heartbreaking round 23 loss to Collingwood to sneak home 29 votes to Brisbane’s Gun Neale (28 votes) and Gold Coast’s Touk Miller (27).

Petracca (pictured with partner Bella Beischer on the Brownlow red carpet on Sunday night) tied the lead after 10 laps, but dropped out as the count went on.  He was one of the first favorites to win the award

Petracca (pictured with partner Bella Beischer on the Brownlow red carpet on Sunday night) tied the lead after 10 laps, but dropped out as the count went on. He was one of the first favorites to win the award

McLachlan (pictured with wife Laura on the red carpet) was one of the panelists who read the umpires' votes for each round

McLachlan (pictured with wife Laura on the red carpet) was one of the panelists who read the umpires’ votes for each round

But the 27-year-old had a windfall at the tribunal to thank.

Cripps was given a two-game suspension after round 21 for a bump that left Brisbane’s Callum Ah Chee with a concussion — rendering him ineligible for the Brownlow — but was surprisingly quashed at a marathon tribunal hearing on Aug. 11.

This allowed him to play in round 22, where he failed to gauge, and round 23, where Cripps sealed the win.

Cripps pulled the maximum votes for 35 dives and 12 approvals in the final tally announcement in the one-point loss to Collingwood that ultimately cost the Blues a place in the final.

“Honestly, I was so numb towards the end of the game,” he said.

“I’d rather have zero touches and win than play like I did.

“Next year I would like to be sober by this time. That’s my goal.’

Miller and Neale came in on round 23 on 27 apiece, but Miller failed to gauge and Neale only earned one vote.

Cripps is the first Blue to win the Brownlow since former skipper Chris Judd in 2010.

Brownlow medalist Patrick Cripps (pictured after his win) took the game's top honors only in the final round

Brownlow medalist Patrick Cripps (pictured after his win) took the game’s top honors only in the final round

Cripps (pictured with Monique Fontana on Sunday night) earned the maximum three votes seven times but was left behind Brisbane's Lachie Neale for most of the night

Cripps (pictured with Monique Fontana on Sunday night) earned the maximum three votes seven times but was left behind Brisbane’s Lachie Neale for most of the night

“I don’t know whether to laugh or cry,” Cripps said as he accepted the prestigious medal.

Overall, Cripps entered 13 contests and earned the maximum three votes seven times.

He arguably could have added a few more votes to his total, but only got one for his three-goal, thirty-vote attempt against Richmond in the first round.

Cripps, 27, first took the lead on lap seven, but was fed back by Neale, who led much of the count from lap eight.

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