Jarrah Maksymow was allowed to play by the police when they arrived before the game
A soccer player, wanted by the authorities, fled his semi-final game at half-time after the police let him play.
Jarrah Maksymow was allowed by police when they arrived before the start of the game in Walbundrie, about an hour north of Albury on the border between Victoria and New South Wales on Saturday.
The 26-year-old was wanted for assault, rape and entry and driving offenses after an incident in Albury that same day but, with a place in the grand finale of the line, the police agreed to wait to arrest him until after the game .
The police speak with the player of 26 years (in the number 46) before the game in rural NSW
"For operational reasons, an agreement was made to arrest the man at the end of the game," said a police spokesman.
After fleeing the game at halftime, Maksymow hid, but was arrested Monday at a house in Wodonga, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
As for the game, Maksymow was one of the star players in the first two quarters, but his team, Henty, lost Brock-Burrum Saints by 33 points full time.
His trainer, Joel Price, has refused to blame the loss for the sudden departure of his midfielder, which left them a man for the rest of the game.
Maksymow made his debut with Henty in April of this year, however, he was involved in a violent assault outside a Ballarat nightclub that same day for which he narrowly avoided jail time.
The decision not to arrest Mr. Maksymow on the football field will be reviewed by police management.
Maksymow made his debut with Henty in April of this year, however, on that same day he was involved in a violent assault outside of a Ballarat nightclub.
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