The AFL grand final was momentarily brought to a halt on Saturday night when two men ran onto the filed and had to be removed by security.
The two pitch invaders ran onto the Gabba during the first quarter of the clash between Richmond and Geelong.
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After running around for a number of moments they were apprehended and taken away by security.
“What’s happened here behind play? We have got supporters on the ground everywhere,” Brian Taylor said in commentary for Channel 7.
“They play on around them. Now the umpire will hold this up, Matt Stevic with his years of experience.
“Spoiling the outcome here, those two supporters.”
The men identified themselves as comedy duo ‘Marty and Michael’ on social media just moments later.
The pair have an impressive social media following, boasting some 1.2 million fans on Instagram.
According to their website they perform “social experiments, comedy sketches as well as stunts and some really disgusting things.”
With shirts reading ‘Marty and Michael’ on the front, they were no doubt trying to pull off a publicity stunt.
However their antics fell flat with fans and commentators, who took to social media to slam their actions.
— Paul Johnson (@pjohnson_sports) October 24, 2020
What is happening...this is the most bizarre grand final. Streakers and everything #AFLGF
— Oliver Hanrahan (@HanrahanOl) October 24, 2020
And that is why the AFL Grand Final will always belong to Victoria. Idiots.
— Brooke Matković (@brooke_matkovic) October 24, 2020
Streakers. I don’t understand the thought process behind it. Just, why?#AFLGF
— Akshay Hooda (@Akkerz) October 24, 2020
So Victoria effed up private security at hotel quarantine. But we’ve never let streakers onto the ground during a granny in the last 10 years. Priorities. #AFLGF
— Cato Robinson (@catorobinson) October 24, 2020
Injury carnage early in AFL grand final
Geelong superstar Gary Ablett returned to action in the AFL grand final against Richmond after an early injury scare.
The retiring champion - playing his 357th and final match - hurt his left shoulder in a tackle from Tigers captain Trent Cotchin during an explosive opening five minutes.
Ablett was helped off the Gabba ground by trainers, clearly in pain, and was taken to the change room for medical assessment.
A huge cheer went around the ground when he reappeared on the bench at the 19-minute mark and he came back on before quarter-time.
Moments before Ablett's injury, Richmond defender Nick Vlastuin was knocked out by an accidental high elbow from Patrick Dangerfield.
The Cats star punched a contested ball and made high contact with Vlastuin in the same action.
Vlastuin lay motionless for several minutes before being taken off the ground on a stretcher.
In a rough and tough opening term, Geelong's Brandon Parfitt had his thumb checked for injury and Richmond's Nathan Broad was left groggy by a heavy collision and taken off the ground.
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