Country football veteran Perry Meka sues Hoppers Crossing Football Club over alleged assault by drunken spectator

“At which time [Meka] attempted to remonstrate with those patrons to cause them to desist from participating in racial abuse.”

It was then, court documents allege, that spectator Darrin John McDonald, who Meka claims was drunk and also engaging in racial abuse, “came from behind [Meka] and punched him in the head, thereby causing [Meka] to suffer severe injury”.

The action is brought against HCFC, Hoppers Crossing Sporting Club, and McDonald.

Perry Meka in 2004, during his playing days.Credit:Melanie Faith Dove

As a result of the assault, Meka claims, he’s suffered ongoing injuries including flashbacks, chronic headaches, depression, emotional disturbance, severe post-concussion syndrome, PTSD, hypervigilance, anxiety and nightmares, court documents say.

His traffic management business has been closed and he has lost income, documents also say.

McDonald was charged with intentionally causing injury the same day, but the charges were withdrawn by the police in August last year.

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A video taken of the incident shows Meka engaged in conflict with a group of people shortly after St Albans’ loss to Hoppers Crossing, the Herald Sun reported.

Meka, a two-time premiership coach and three-time premiership player at country level, was formerly operations and relations manager at VFL club, the Northern Bullants. He declined to comment through his lawyers.

Hoppers Crossing Football Club, Hoppers Crossing Sporting Club, and McDonald have not filed defenses yet, and no court date has been set down. They all did not respond to requests for comment.

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