By Shayne Bugden For Daily Mail Australia
01:20 13 Sep 2023, updated 01:51 13 Sep 2023
- McGuire stopped diners in their tracks on Tuesday night
- Former Magpies president celebrated tribunal win
- Footy fans slammed him in light of Angus Brayshaw’s condition
Magpies tragic Eddie McGuire has stunned diners in a fancy Melbourne restaurant by interrupting their meal to loudly tell them ‘justice has been done’ after Collingwood star Brayden Maynard avoided being suspended for his hit on Angus Brayshaw.
The former Pies club president was at the upmarket Choi’s Chinese eatery in Melbourne’s upmarket suburb of Hawthorn when the news came through that the defender had been cleared in a decision that has split the footy world.
McGuire stood up, clinked his wine glass to get the room’s attention and yelled: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, ladies and gentlemen, justice has been done! Maynard is free to play for the Pies!’
His announcement was greeted with laughter and a few cheers as he returned to his meal, with an unknown member of his party joking, ‘Sit down, dad,’ as he took his seat.
The footage was posted to Instagram on Tuesday night by Collingwood and Carlton great Dale Thomas, who added the hashtags #democracymanifest and #succulentchinesemeal in reference to the viral video of Jack Karlson being arrested outside a restaurant in 1991.
‘Daisy’ – who played in the Magpies’ 2010 AFL premiership win – captioned the clip: ‘A monumental time in football history and the 2010 boys plus the good folk at chois treated to an exclusive.’
Maynard knocked out Brayshaw when he crashed into him after leaping into the air to smother the Demons star’s kick in Collingwood’s finals win last Thursday night – and the incident has split the footy world.
The Pies defender was given the green light to play in the preliminary final after a four-hour hearing on Tuesday night but debate is still raging, with many fans and experts saying he should have been rubbed out.
That divide was evident in the comments left on Thomas’s post by angry fans.
‘Meanwhile a guy who lost his father in law who sustained CTE and brain injuries sits at home with yet another concussion and you’re all celebrating like tools in public? Disappointing form Daisy,’ one wrote.
‘Typical moronic comment from entitled Eddie,’ another added.
‘I kind of feel like whatever happens at the Collingwood dinner stays at the Collingwood dinner should apply here,’ wrote another commenter.
‘Expect nothing less from McGuire. Maybe he could take note of how Jeremy Howe responded to the news. A little bit of respect goes a long way,’ a third commenter wrote.
Current Pies star Howe said of the verdict: ‘It doesn’t make you feel better with what happens with Angus.’
Collingwood posted the following statement to their official Twitter account: ‘Our thoughts remain with Angus Brayshaw and his family – we wish him a speedy and complete recovery.’
Those well wishes weren’t well received by fans, either, with several fans pointing out that the words didn’t sit well after the Pies’ legal representative at the tribunal hearing, Ben Ihle, tried to blame Brayshaw for the hit by accusing him of moving into Maynard’s path.