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Melbourne owner Hayden Burbank and financial planner Mark Babbage are due to face the Perth Court of First Instance this morning after they were accused of sneaking into Washington for the AFC Champions League final on Saturday.

The couple, who spent the night behind bars at Perth Watch House, will appear in court around midday AEST (10 a.m. PT).

Melbourne Demons celebrate after winning the AFC Champions League final on Saturday. attributed to him:GT

Western Australian Police say the two men left Victoria on September 14 and flew to Darwin, where they were allowed in as returning residents due to “false” Northern Territory driver’s licenses.

The men then traveled from Darwin to Perth on September 22, after G2G’s border requests were approved, and attended the Grand Final, including a celebration in rooms with the Devils after the match.

One of the men returned for an inconclusive COVID test on Tuesday, and was urgently retested. The other was tested negative.


After the Grand Final, the duo allegedly embarked on a road trip to the southwestern wine region of Western Australia, where they were arrested Tuesday morning in Bunker Bay after a member of the public reported the two men’s alleged recent presence in Victoria.

They each face three counts of failing to comply with directives under the Emergency Management Act and, if convicted, face a fine of up to $50,000 or 12 months in prison.

Mr Dawson said Washington police will also allege that two other Victorian men entered the state illegally via South Australia for the Grand Final.

One of them has since returned to Victoria. The other man, who returned a negative COVID test, will remain in custody until his next court appearance on October 8.

As of August, one in six people accused of breaching quarantine and border laws in Western Australia has been jailed, which is 64 people.

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