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Shades of Mayo v Meath in 1996 as massive half-time brawl occurs during Australian league game

Adelaide United were facing Melbourne City FC and everything got out of hand as the teams headed for the tunnel.

ADELAIDE UNITED GOT the better of Melbourne City FC earlier but the game was overshadowed by an incredible on-field clash between both teams that occurred as the players headed to the tunnel at half-time.

Moments beforehand, Bruce Djite had doubled Adelaide’s lead from the penalty spot after a silly foul by Melbourne’s goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen – formerly of Sunderland, Aston Villa and Stoke City – on Stefan Mauk.

After Djite had found the net, Mauk gave a ’2-0′ sign to the opposition bench and that seemed to be the catalyst for what followed.

As the teams made for the tunnel, verbals were exchanged between the players before coaching staff got involved too.

After things appeared to calm down with lots of pushing and shoving (though Mauk had his throat grabbed by a member of Melbourne’s coaching staff), it kicked off again in the tunnel.

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