Melbourne - New Zealand rugby fans reacted furiously on Sunday after All Blacks star
Jordie Barrett was reportedly kicked out of the Melbourne Cricket
Ground by security staff during the Black Caps' second Test against
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Victoria state police said two New Zealanders were
removed from the stadium during day three of the second Test on Saturday
and banned for 24 hours over their behaviour.
The New Zealand
Herald named one of them as Barrett and claimed he was led away after
members of the group he was with "skulled two beers".
on social media by creating the hashtag #justiceforjordie which was
retweeted by Barrett's All Black brother Beauden.
One spectator told New Zealand's Alternative Commentary Collective Facebook group it was "an absolute stitch up".
was sitting approximately 10 seats from Jordie when he was spotted in
the crowd by a fellow Kiwi, he had half a beer ... and the boys
said/chanted 'skull'," he said.
"Jordie was seated down and
finished his half vessel of mid-strength over-priced beer and a security
guard walked over and requested he leave."
He added that Barrett was "calm and at no stage was arrogant or non-compliant".
Another fan said on the same Facebook page: "Perfectly said, we were 2 rows behind. Nothing bad on Jordie's account."
New Zealand cricketer Jimmy Neesham added on Twitter:"Jordie can come bin a beer at mine anytime."
Barrett, who has played 17 Tests for the All Blacks, is currently in the rugby off-season, after being part of the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup squad that were beaten by England in a disappointing semi-final exit in Japan in late October.
Barrett had a brush with the law in June last year when police were called to a house in Dunedin after the star ended up in a stranger’s house in the early hours after a night out.
Jordie, the 22-year-old brother of Beauden Barrett, was discovered by two women in a Dunedin student flat about 05:00.
Barrett later said he had mistaken the apartment for a friend’s place.
“I can’t say I’m embarrassed by what’s happened, I’m just disappointed with the events that have unfolded,” Barrett said.
“I don’t believe I’ve caused any harm to anyone, haven’t spoken to anyone, basically it was a human error, walked into the wrong flat and we left.”