George Calombaris charged with assault after A-League grand final incident

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    Police have charged Masterchef judge George Calombaris with assault following video footage which appeared on social media showing him pushing a man after the A-League grand final on Sunday.

    Colambaris, who is a passionate Melbourne Victory supporter, was on the pitch following Sydney FC’s penalty shootout win and became involved in an altercation with fans who were shouting at him over issues including the scandal which has seen his company recently underpay some of their staff.

    Calombaris eventually left the fans with fellow Masterchef judge Matt Preston after talking to police officers at the ground.

    New South Wales Police said on Wednesday that Calombaris had been charged with assaulting a 19-year-old man and has been issued with a future court attendance notice for common assault.

    Calombaris is expected to appear at Downing Centre local court on 29 June.

    The owner of 17 restaurants under his Made Establishment Group, including The Press Club in Melbourne, Colambaris was named Chef of the Year in 2008 by The Age Good Food Guide.

    Colambaris, in a statement released on Monday morning, said he was shocked and disappointed by the incident.

    “I was genuinely shocked when post-match football banter turned into personal abuse about my family. I regret the way in which I reacted, I am disappointed that I let it get to me, and I sincerely apologise for offending anyone.

    “While I am not proud of my reaction to the situation, I was offended by a spectator yelling out abusive and derogatory comments about my family.

    “I have spoken to Melbourne Victory FC and Football Federation Australia today to report the situation and I’m truly sorry that this has happened.”

    Update – January 31, 2018
    The conviction has been overturned on appeal.

    Scott Pryde
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    • May 10th 2017 @ 12:46pm
      Paul said | May 10th 2017 @ 12:46pm | ! Report

      If we needed any proof that we’re a nation of softies…

      • May 10th 2017 @ 2:33pm
        Chris said | May 10th 2017 @ 2:33pm | ! Report

        Totally! How is that assault?
        The police are a joke.

        • May 11th 2017 @ 11:58am
          The Auteur said | May 11th 2017 @ 11:58am | ! Report

          Because the NSW police are satisfied that George’s actions make the elements of Assault in the NSW Criminal Code.

          Just because you don’t know what the law is doesn’t mean it’s a ‘joke’.

          • May 11th 2017 @ 1:57pm
            northerner said | May 11th 2017 @ 1:57pm | ! Report

            I think a lot of people don’t understand what actually constitutes common assault. Certainly, where I come from, you don’t actually have to touch the person to be guilty of assault – a meaningful threat is enough. I imagine it’s the same here in Australia – taking an action which leaves the victim with a genuine belief that you have the ability and intention of hurting him – that’s assault.

          • May 11th 2017 @ 10:05pm
            Chris said | May 11th 2017 @ 10:05pm | ! Report

            How odd…I was assaulted with a king hit on a football field and the police were reluctant to press charges against the perpetrator. Maybe if it was on youtube different story.
            Thanks for the lecture autuer

    • Roar Rookie

      May 10th 2017 @ 12:56pm
      Stevo said | May 10th 2017 @ 12:56pm | ! Report

      Victory supporter – facepalm 🙁

    • May 10th 2017 @ 1:04pm
      Paul2 said | May 10th 2017 @ 1:04pm | ! Report

      Sheez. Barely touched him.

    • May 10th 2017 @ 1:14pm
      AGO74 said | May 10th 2017 @ 1:14pm | ! Report

      YOu’ve got to be joking. Charged for that?

    • May 10th 2017 @ 1:32pm
      punter said | May 10th 2017 @ 1:32pm | ! Report

      Victory supporter, poor loser!!!!

      All the crowd said was pay your staff!!!

    • Roar Guru

      May 10th 2017 @ 1:42pm
      Paul D said | May 10th 2017 @ 1:42pm | ! Report

      I was offended by the way you ripped off your staff for years to the tune of millions

      Take your medicine you grub

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