Barassi - A legend of the AFL
Barassi beaten as he aids woman
Paul Millar January 2, 2009
AFL legend Ron Barassi was smashed to the ground and kicked in the head while he lay in the gutter after he went to the aid of a woman being bashed in St Kilda, early on New Year's Day.
Barassi, 72, was nursing bruised ribs, lumps on his head and a graze to the front of it, but had no regrets.
Barassi and his wife, Cheryl, had been welcoming in the new year with friends at a restaurant in Fitzroy Street when a man, who was part of a group, lashed out at a woman, sending her sprawling. "She nearly knocked my chair over," Mrs Barassi said.
"Ron just took off like a rocket after the guy, but we lost sight of him in the crowd."
One of the AFL's most decorated players said he remembered little of what happened after that.
"This woman and this bloke were blueing and then he was biffing her and I wasn't going to have that," he said.
"He took off and then I took off after him."
The next thing Barassi remembers is being helped up from the gutter.
"It all happened very quickly. He kicked me in the head and in the ribs, it was probably all over in 10 to 15 seconds," he said.
Mrs Barassi said the man who struck the woman, who was also drunk, was in a group of four.
She said it was hard to tell what happened after her husband chased the man because the crowd was so thick.
"But when we got to him he was doubled over," she said. "There were so many couples that came up to him and said 'Good on you for doing that'."
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