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The AFL star who was told ‘sit down!’ by McLachlan

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REVEALED: The footy star who was told to ‘sit!’ by angry AFL boss Gillon McLachlan after Brownlow Medal crowd drank for four hours

  • Gillon McLachlan lost his cool with an Adelaide star at the Brownlow ceremony
  • Ben Keays continued after winning 11 points at this year’s awards
  • Players had been drinking for four hours before Keays was told ‘sit down!’

Gillon McLachlan lost his cool with an Adelaide Crows star as the booze-fuelled Brownlow Medal crowd went raucous during the dramatic ceremony in Melbourne on Sunday.

Carlton star Patrick Cripps won the AFL’s highest individual award after taking three points in the Blues’ Round 23 clash with Collingwood, overtaking Gold Coast’s Touk Miller by 29 points.

And AFL chief McLachlan had to control a merry crowd at Melbourne’s Crown Casino as a number of players enjoyed the proceedings after a long season, the Herald Sun reports.

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan told an Adelaide star to ‘sit down’ after four hours on the beers

Adelaide Crows gun Ben Keays was part of a rowdy group at the Brownlow ceremony

Adelaide Crows gun Ben Keays was part of a rowdy group at the Brownlow ceremony

Four hours after the ceremony, as the drinks flowed, McLachlan watched a few players grow unruly before snapping, “Sit down.”

It has since been revealed that Crows star Ben Keays was on the receiving end of death-gazing and squirting, while the 25-year-old continued after receiving 11 votes for the season.

This year’s Brownlow Medal winner Cripps admitted he wants to be sober at the awards next year – suggesting Carlton has his sights set on a grand finale.

‘To be honest, towards the end of the game [Round 23 v Collingwood] I was so numb,” 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.’

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