REVEALED: What sparked wild junior footy brawl
The incident that sparked an appalling brawl at a junior football match in Wynnum has been revealed, as detectives continue to investigate.
According to police, investigations suggest the initial assault was unprovoked and took place when 35-year-old Josh Jones was pushed down a set of stairs, accidentally knocking over a 59-year-old woman as he fell.
Police say Mr Jones attempted to remove himself from the situation by walking onto the sports ground, however the altercation continued and more people became involved.
Detective Inspector Stephen Hollands from the Bayside Patrol Group said the extensive investigations are ongoing.
"We are working through a large amount of statements and footage to determine the circumstances of the assault," he said.
"At this stage, we believe the assault was unprovoked and we are looking at multiple people who were involved in the altercation.
"Anyone with information or footage who hasn't already spoken with police are encouraged to come forward."
Mr Jones underwent facial surgery for serious facial injuries, while the 59-year-old woman sustained a minor injury to her head.
Police continue to appeal for information while investigations continue.
Queensland rugby league chairman Bruce Hatcher has labelled a wild fight at a Brisbane junior league game an "absolute disgrace" and warned that perpetrators face a possible life ban from rugby league.
The image of rugby league in Queensland suffered a major black eye following revelations of a brawl at an under-13s Division 1 game between Wynnum Manly and Logan Brothers at Kitchener Park on Sunday.
Footage obtained by News Corp showed rival fans spilling onto the playing field, with father Josh Jones requiring facial surgery after being kicked by another man. The fight involved up to 20 adults with some children coming close to the violence.
Hatcher slammed the scenes and said the QRL had appointed a taskforce to investigate an incident that could lead to criminal charges from Queensland police.
"It's an absolute disgrace," he said.
"To see that behaviour at an under-13s game was unacceptable.
"We will do whatever we can. It's a police matter as well, but we have appointed a committee to review everything, procedures, processes and what caused it.
"When we have further information, we would expect that the police would be acting and we will act as well.
"The behaviour borders on criminal and to hear of people being kicked and seriously injured, it's sickening and there is no part in rugby league for that sort of behaviour."
Hatcher did not rule out life bans for those involved in the brawl.
"We have the power to ban people, certainly, and it's quite likely here someone will be charged by the police," he said.
"Police are doing their investigations and we are doing our own probe.
"The police are the prime mover behind this investigation, but we want the kids to play the game for the right reasons and not have behaviour like this that puts people's safety in danger.
"It was cowardly, it's bad in every way, it was just crazy stuff and we will be taking action.
"There will be appropriate penalties if our investigation uncovers behaviour that is not to be tolerated at rugby league games, particularly junior games.
"That behaviour is not welcome in our sport or in any walk of life."
In the video, several people are seen throwing punches while a man is kicked in the head while he is down on the ground.
Spectators are heard screaming from the grandstand, with one woman shouting "This is f**king bulls**t" and another heard exclaiming "they started it".
Numerous spectators charge towards the fight.
Police are searching for a 36-year-old Logan man after the incident.
Wynnum Police senior sergeant Wayne Richter confirmed the altercation was between two spectators in the stands before it was taken onto the field.
"A Logan spectator or supporter has had an altercation with people from Wynnum in grandstands, where there was an argument which has then turned physical and gone on into the field of play," he said.
A GoFundMe page was set up yesterday to help Josh's family with almost $4000 of the $10,000 target already raised.
"At this point he is still waiting for surgery. Josh was ready to commence with a new job on Tuesday, but now has no idea when he will be able to start," organiser, Debbie Saint, wrote.
"Looking to raise funds to take the immediate financial pressure off this family, while they heal physically and emotionally."
Originally published as 'Cowardly disgrace': Life bans possible after junior footy brawl