Men banned for alleged abuse at Horn V Pacquiao fight

THREE men who allegedly sexually harassed and abused a group of women at the boxing on Sunday have been banned from Queensland stadiums for two years.

The men were recorded using foul language and derogatory insults by Channel 10 reporter Tegan George, who attended the Horn V Pacquiao fight at Suncorp with two female friends.

Sport Minister Mick de Brenni said the behaviour displayed by the men was unacceptable in Queensland venues.

"There is no place for sexism, harassment and racism in Queensland and there is no place for racism and sexism at our stadiums," Mr de Brenni said.

"The behaviour that has been reported is deeply offensive and it's disgraceful.

"Yesterday I asked Stadiums Queensland to advise me what options they could take with regards to this behaviour and I have endorsed a two-year ban."

 

A still from the video, and right, Channel 10 journalist Tegan George
A still from the video, and right, Channel 10 journalist Tegan George

Mr de Brenni said the three men who received the ban were escorted from the stadium by police.

"The point at which you engage in this sort of offensive behaviour is the point at which you lose your right to watch events live at one of our venues," Mr de Brenni said.

"All of Queensland's stadiums are family-friendly venues and they should be places where people feel safe to enjoy world class events like the one we saw over the weekend.

"If you can't enjoy sport without ruining other people's enjoyment then you can hurl as much abuse as you want at your TV at home. You won't be seeing anything live at any of our venues."

In a video posted by Ms George, a man sitting behind the women is seen holding his middle finger up as she filmed him.

"Come on B**ch, f*** off away from me, will ya?" he says to her.

Ms George replies: "Is that how you speak to all women?"

The man replies: "No, only c***s like you."

Ms George was sitting with Network Ten colleague Clare Barnes and former ABC and Seven Network reporter Sally Prosser.

Ms Prosser told The Courier-Mail the abuse started from the moment the trio took their seats about 11.45am and continued through the main bout. She also claimed the video showed the "tamest" of what was said.

News Corp Australia


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