HERE WE. HERE WE. HERE WE FUCKEN GO.
MasterChef Australia judge/celebrity chef George Calombaris has this morning pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault stemming from an incident at the A-League Grand Final back in May.
Calombaris was charged by police after a confrontation with a 19-year-old man in the stands of Allianz Stadium, following the clash between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory.
Footage of the incident was widely circulated online in the days following, showing Calombaris – who attended the game with fellow MasterChef judges Matt Preston and Shannon Bennett – allegedly engaging in the confrontation with the teenager after suffering heckling from the crowd. Police at the ground subsequently lead the 38-year-old chef away from the scene.
At the time, Calombaris issued a short statement to media expressing his regret:
I was genuinely shocked when post-match football banter turned into personal abuse about my family. I regret the way in which I reacted, I am disappointed that I let it get to me, and I sincerely apologise for offending anyone. While I am not proud of my reaction to the situation, I was offended by a spectator yelling out abusive and derogatory comments about my family.
He is now scheduled to be sentenced on September 8th.