League caller Doug Graham continues to struggle as police drag him down the grandstand step from the commentary box at Frank McGuren Field.
League caller Doug Graham continues to struggle as police drag him down the grandstand step from the commentary box at Frank McGuren Field. Tim Howard

League commentator arrested mid-call

VETERAN Grafton football caller Dougie Graham's colourful call of the the Grafton Ghosts versus Woolgoolga Seahorses Group 2 rugby league game came to an even more colourful end this afternoon at Frank McGuren Field.

Midway through the first half two Grafton Police officers climbed the stairs in the Northern grandstand to where Graham and co-commentator Kevin Blanch were calling the game.

Police informed Graham they had come to arrest him for an outstanding warrant, but the commentator quickly became belligerent swearing and threatening the officers.

Two police officers confront Grafton Ghosts rugby league called in the commentary box at Saturday's game against Woolgoolga.
Two police officers confront Grafton Ghosts rugby league called in the commentary box at Saturday's game against Woolgoolga. Tim Howard

The officers warned him not to resist, but Graham took little notice, struggling, threatening and swearing at the officers as they manhandled him down the stairs.

League caller Doug Graham struggles as police remove him from the commentary box at Frank McGuren Field on Saturday.
League caller Doug Graham struggles as police remove him from the commentary box at Frank McGuren Field on Saturday. Tim Howard

Two spectators became entangled in the fracas at one stage, but no-one was injured.

Two spectators get more than they bargained for at their day at the footie, when police arrest rugby league caller Doug Graham mid broadcast.
Two spectators get more than they bargained for at their day at the footie, when police arrest rugby league caller Doug Graham mid broadcast. Tim Howard

After a minute or two police had the still-struggling Graham at the foot of the stairs, where they pinned him to the ground and handcuffed him.

Police handcuff a struggling Doug Graham after they arrested the veteran rugby league call midway through the first half of the Grafton Ghosts v Woolgoolga game at Frank McGuren Field on Saturday.
Police handcuff a struggling Doug Graham after they arrested the veteran rugby league call midway through the first half of the Grafton Ghosts v Woolgoolga game at Frank McGuren Field on Saturday. Tim Howard

During the arrest police could be heard informing Graham he was being arrested on an outstanding warrant.

His co-commentator, Blanch, described the police action as over the top.

He did not understand why the officers had to come in midway through the game to make the arrest.

Blanch confirmed the arrest was on an outstanding warrant police had issued about a year ago.

Grafton Ghosts stalwart Joe Kinnane accepted the police actions saying they had their job to do.

Ironically after Graham's arrest, local solicitor Joe Fahey stepped up to take Graham's spot on the commentary team for the remainder of the game.



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