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By Brett Graham and Emily Patterson

UPDATE: Melbourne suspended star defender Steven May for an altercation with teammate Jake Melksham on Sunday night.

The sled that started the fight has since been revealed and the owner of the restaurant where the incident took place, Entrecôte, has demanded an apology.

The incident happened just after 9 p.m. in Prahran, an inner-city suburb of Melbourne.

“After dinner on Sunday evening, Jake and Steven informed us of a fight which took place after a minor disagreement between the two escalated,” the club said in a statement.

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“Both Jake and Steven had been drinking at dinner and are incredibly remorseful that things turned out the way they did.

Melbourne suspends Steven May for one game following altercation with Jake Melksham

“As Steven is still under AFL concussion protocols since Round 11, he was aware that under club guidelines he should not have been drinking.”

The dust catalyst was a sled reported in May about Melksham missing the 2021 Grand Final, which Melbourne won over the Western Bulldogs by 74 points.

Melksham was omitted from the Demons’ 22 for premiership last year, serving on an emergency basis.

“If you had played in the (grand final) we would have lost,” May reportedly said.

It is claimed that Melksham then floored May with a punch in retaliation.

Entrecôte claimed the couple broke the venue’s reception during their altercation, and the restaurant has yet to receive a proper apology.

“BUT STILL NO EXCUSE TO MY STAFF OR THE RESTAURANT…shameful effort @stevenmay @melbournefc,” reads the restaurant’s Instagram story.

Melbourne suspends Steven May for one game following altercation with Jake Melksham

The page then shared another story which read, “Thank you for your lukewarm apology which amounts to ‘boys will be boys'”.

In a video on the club’s website, May expressed remorse for his behavior.

“It’s all about actions and what I do in the future and I know they (Dees fans) will be hugely disappointed,” he said.

The Demons are currently at the top of the ladder despite losing their last two games.

“The management group have recommended that Steven be issued a one-match ban, a decision which has been approved by the club’s senior management. This will make him unavailable for AFL and VFL selection,” the club said.

“Steven and Jake will also be performing community service through one of the club’s community partners to ensure they understand the responsibility and impact they have as role models within the community.

Melbourne suspends Steven May for one game following altercation with Jake Melksham

“Over the past three years, Steven has become one of our most important leaders on the pitch, and while the impact of not having him available for selection is significant, which is more important to us, it’s our culture and the commitment we have to live by our values.”

May joined Demons from the Suns in 2019 and was named to the All-Australian squad in 2021.

“Steven is extremely remorseful and acknowledges that his actions were completely out of step with the expectations the club and his teammates have of him. He accepts the sanction imposed and makes no apologies for his poor judgement,” the Demons said.

“We are proud of the culture we have built over the past few years and while we are disappointed with Steven’s behavior, we support his character and will support him to ensure he is equipped to make better decisions for him. himself and the football club in the future.”

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