AFL legend Dermott Brereton has called out Trade Minister Don Farrell for an arrogant and entitled act during the AFL grand final last Saturday.
The five-time Premiership player was signing autographs and posing for selfie photos at the MCG during Saturday’s decider when he said he had an awkward encounter with the Labor power man.
“He walked up and stood at the front of the queue and he was really well dressed.” And he said – this is word for word – ‘You have to have a picture with me,’” Brereton told Andrew Maher and Andrew Gaze. SEN radio show.
“And I said, ‘I’m sorry, sir, I don’t need to have a picture with you, but I can have a picture with you if you stay on the line.’
“And he said, ‘No, I’m not waiting in line. You must have a photo with me. I am the Minister of Commerce and Tourism. “And I said, ‘Well, I’m sorry. There are other people in line who were here first.”‘
Dermott Brereton has blasted Trade Minister Don Farrell for his arrogant act at the MCG on the big final day.
The AFL legend says the minister jumped the queue and refused to queue to get his signature like every other footy fan.
Brereton was meeting and greeting fans at the biggest game of the year when the clash took place (pictured, Collingwood players celebrate their big final victory)
“Then his wife stepped in and said, ‘He’s Minister of Commerce and Tourism,’ and it was Don Farrell, and I said, ‘Good luck to you, mate, it’s not like That works normally.”
On Wednesday morning, Brereton gave more details about the meeting when he spoke with Sydney 2 GB Ben Fordham, breakfast host.
“His partner or his wife who was holding the camera said, ‘That’s the minister,'” Brereton said.
‘I said, ‘Well, that’s great, I’m happy to take it, even though I didn’t vote for you guys.”
“Then he turned around and said to me, ‘Well, you’ll do it next time,’ and I said, ‘Well, if you do the same thing to this state as the last guy who ran this State, local level, there is no problem. that way, I will vote for you.
“It was just the sense of entitlement I thought…he didn’t wait his turn,” Brereton added later.
Brereton went on to explain that the “deadly sin” among his footballing peers was saying “you don’t know who I am?” when trying to get into an establishment – and he found it funny that Farrell was doing just that.
“He was so good at getting through it, and so brazen with his vernacular to get the job done and follow through on his directive, that it didn’t seem like the first time he’d risen to this position,” Brereton said.
Brereton (pictured playing in the 1989 grand final) said it was a “mortal sin” among his footy mates to say “you don’t know who I am?”
Farrell’s version of the encounter was somewhat different, describing it as a “fun, good-natured interaction.”
Fordham didn’t hold back when Brereton relayed the entire game.
“Dermott, dare I say it, Don Farrell is a w**nker,” the radio host said.
The AFL legend laughed and replied: “I don’t know if he is or not, I don’t know him personally, but his behavior at this point suggests he might well be.”
The minister’s version of the interaction was different, when asked Age Tuesday.
“It was a fun, good-natured interaction between events,” a Farrell spokesperson said.
“The minister is a former Hawthorn supporter and has great admiration for Dermott.”