A BRISBANE TV journalist has called out a fan from the Jeff Horn vs. Manny Pacquiao fight for his vulgar treatment of her and her friends during the fight at Suncorp Stadium.
State political reporter for Ten, Tegan George, posted a video on Twitter of the abuse hurled at the three women.
A still from the video. Source:Supplied Channel 10’s Tegan George.
She tweeted: “Never have I or my sports loving girl friends been so badly abused & sexually harassed. Went on for hours.”
The video shows a man sitting behind the girls, 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 said drinks were spilled on them and “C-bombs” were constantly dropped, as well as vulgar sexual references, and it was half way through the Horn-Pacquiao bout that she approached police.
“They were clearly drunk and just started abusing us the moment we sat down,” Ms Prosser said.
She said when the women went to the bathroom and had to pass other patrons to access the aisle, the men started saying: “That’s right get your arse up in their face, they’re loving it, you’re loving it.”
Ms Barnes said they never engaged the men and did their best to ignore them, but it got to the stage where they had to approach police.
She said the trio were disappointed that no-one in their vicinity spoke-up.
“We didn’t engage with them at all. I’ve never experienced something so vulgar and vile and constant,” she said.
Ms Prosser said police removed three of the men before the main fight and the other three who remained acted like “angels” for the rest of the afternoon.
Ms Prosser earlier said the video was “probably the tamest” of what was said to the three women over several hours.
She described the behaviour of the group of men sitting behind them as racist, vulgar and sexually explicit.
She said they tried to ignore the group but the “relentless” behaviour only intensified, so she turned to say something to them but was abused.
Suncorp Stadium communications director Greg Adermann said there was a mobile number on display around the venue which patrons can send a text message to if they witness or are subject to an unruly behaviour.
“We do have a Stadium Secure service, with the number displayed on signage around the venue for people to report issues such as this,” Mr Adermann said.
He said any decision to ban the men from Suncorp Stadium was up to the promoter or the venue hirer and not the stadium.