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Anthony Albanese roasts Gil McLachlan over Brownlow incident at big graduation breakfast

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese sent the AFL Grand Final breakfast crowd into hysteria after roasting AFL boss Gil McLachlan over his poor pronunciation of Italian surnames, which caused star Christian Petracca to explode at the Brownlow Medal Awards.

Albanese tore McLachlan to pieces at the traditional Big Dance Breakfast hosted by the North Melbourne Kangaroos.

At his introduction, CEO Gil McLachlan, 59, congratulated Gil McLachlan on his time with the AFL and made a cheeky comment about his Brownlow medal.

“I’m glad you didn’t have to do the honor of introducing me today,” Albanese said.

“I heard from Christian Petracca that you have some problems with Italian surnames.”

Board member and opposition leader Peter Dutton burst out laughing, with McLachlan clearly caught off guard by the jab.

But Albanese’s antics didn’t end there.

The Rabbitohs supporter referred to Tony Abbott as he discussed the AFL’s famous Yarra save, which sees the Grand Finals players drift down the river as fans flock to the banks.

‘To Gil, after seeing the parade on the Yarra yesterday, I would say, to quote a former Prime Minister, ‘we have to stop the boats’.’

The crowd erupted again before Albanese completed the formalities of his speech.

McLachlan was blasted for his pronunciation by Star Demons midfielder Christian Petracca when he announced points towards the Brownlow Medal.

The 26-year-old, who finished sixth with 24 votes, was seen saying: “It’s Petracca, damn it,” moments after the boss read his name out.

McLachlan had repeatedly pronounced his surname “Pet-rack-a”, although the correct pronunciation was “Petr-rah-ka”.

Fox Footy tweeted Albanese’s hilarious jab with the caption “Albo out here doing GEAR.”

The Prime Minister has already supported the AFL in its future endeavors during his brief tenure at the helm and backed its bid to expand into Tasmania.

For the past two decades, Hawthorn, North Melbourne and St Kilda have all played home games on Apple Isle – the Saints’ arrangement ended in 2006 – and Tasmania has long been a contender to become the home of the next AFL team.

In 2019, Albanese attended a charity event where he was spotted wearing local Western Walers gear.

After the speech, the Prime Minister snapped photos with Kangaroos President Sonya Hood and 1996 Premiership player Dani Laidley while wearing his Sydney Swans scarf.

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