Brownlow Medal 2022: Christian Petracca fumes at AFL boss Gillon McLachlan over pronunciation blunder

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan was set on fire by Melbourne star Christian Petracca for a clumsy blunder during the Brownlow Medal on Sunday.

The footy boss was part of the panel reading the votes counted for each round of the Brownlow 2022 ceremony at Melbourne’s Crown Palladium.

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The reading of the votes appeared smooth and seamless at every turn, but McLachlan’s pronunciation of one particular last name raised eyebrows, with the player himself finally deciding that enough was enough.

Petracca was spotted saying what appears to be “it’s Petracca for shit sake”, as his three round 16 votes were read out by the CEO, with the “a” mispronounced in Family name.

It was not the first time Petracca’s name had been read by McLachlan that night.

Not only did the AFL boss’ mispronunciation seem to frustrate Petracca himself, but it also caused a stir among social media users who followed the event online.

“Suspect Christian Petracca will want a meeting with the next AFL CEO to review the pronunciation of his surname after tonight,” one Twitter user said.

“Is it pronounced Pet racca or pet rarka?” said another.

McLachlan steps down as AFL CEO at the end of this season, he will therefore not have the chance to redeem himself at Brownlow next year.

The Melbourne Demons midfielder finished with a total of 24 votes.

Carlton’s Patrick Cripps won the Brownlow Medal where 29 votes after an exciting vote count that went down to the wire.

Originally published as Christian Petracca furious with AFL boss over Brownlow Medal gaffe