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Angry AFL fans brawl over ‘stupid’ soccer final change ruining game

Footy fans have fumed at the AFL’s “stupid” decision to play rock music after every goal scored at the MCG during this year’s Finals series, saying it ruins the atmosphere at the season’s biggest games.

During Geelong’s big win over Brisbane on Friday night, fans were blasted with music after every six-pointer and stoppage of play, with music from AC/DC and The Killers drowning out the crowd’s reaction.

The MCG is known for its insane atmosphere, particularly during the finals, which draws some of the biggest crowds in Australian sport.

Fans vented their anger at the AFL after the game, saying the noise dulled the preliminary final.

“The natural sounds of a football game were all but destroyed by the incessant noise and light show after each goal. It has to stop. The beauty of watching Aussie Rules involved the roar of a crowd, the conversation with friend and foe beside you,” wrote a Richmond supporter.

Andrew Mueller wrote: “Nobody. Absolutely nobody. Nobody, not once in the history of the game: The @AFL: “Let’s play silly music after every goal so you can’t hear the crowd!”

“I’ve been coming to footy my whole life. The MCG doesn’t have to play ACDC ‘you shook me all night’ after a goal in A PRELIMINARY FINAL Ryan tweeted.

‘Stop. To play. Music. In between. Damned. Goals #AFLCatsLions,” commented one angry fan.

Cheryl Critchley wrote: “Why would you drown out the unique sight and sound of #AFL fans in full flight after a goal?”

Fans continued to urge the AFL to stop playing the music, pointing out that crowd noise is a big part of what makes the finale at the MCG so stunning.

The Cats’ overwhelming victory puts them in their 19th major finals where they will face off against either Sydney or Collingwood.

2016 Brownlow medalist Patrick Dangerfield was best on floor, finishing with 28 dismounts and two goals.

20-year-old marksman Max Holmes went down in the third quarter with a suspected thigh tear, visibly emotional on the touchline as it will most likely rule him out of the Premiership match.

Tom Hawkins put in an excellent performance with the boot, recording four goals and three deficits.

The MCG came under fire in early March this year as fans screamed over the shocking PA system, which blared music intermittently, while staff shortages meant food queues stretched almost 50 metres.

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