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AFL grand final teams 'almost got into a huge fight in a nightclub after the year's biggest game

With the scars still raw after they were hammered in the AFL grand final, numerous Western Bulldogs players were reportedly moments away from fighting premiership-winning stars from the Melbourne Demons.

According to AFL media personality Campbell Brown, tensions were high in a Perth nightclub two days after the September 25 decider at Optus Stadium, with Luke Beveridge's men feeling collectively disrespected. 

Brown told AFL legend Jonathan Brown the Bulldogs were seething after the Demons sung the iconic football song 'Freed from Desire' on the field as a group after hoisting the premiership trophy, the Herald Sun reports.

A week earlier, the Bulldogs belted out the same song following their impressive preliminary final victory over Port Adelaide.

Incensed that the Demons were mocking them, tension finally rose to the surface when both teams rocked up to the same nightclub a couple of days after the big dance in Perth.  

Soon after the fulltime siren, the celebrations began for the Melbourne Demons (pictured Jake Lever and Alex Neal-Bullen)

It was a very different story for the Bulldogs, with the likes of Bailey Smith (pictured middle) left to ponder what might have been

'The Doggies players had gone to this nightclub...and had booked level two. Level three was not open because it was a Monday night,' Brown revealed on the podcast.

'Soon after the Melbourne boys gathered the troops and went to this (same) club.'

Brown said a representative from the Demons allegedly gave the nightclub $10,000 in cash, which quickly resulted in the top floor (level three) being opened for the victorious playing group.

As drinks continued to flow, 'Freed from Desire' was heard echoing from level three, infuriating the Bulldogs.

Brown added that the situation quickly became 'very heated' and that it 'got to the point where players wanted to come to blows'.  

A 'peace treaty' was hastily negotiated on the night to save the rival teams from a dust up for the ages - and unwanted potential headlines for the code.

When it mattered, the Demons stood up and outclassed the Bulldogs by 74 points in front of a crowd of just over 60,000.

The premiership triumph ended 57 years of pain for Melbourne supporters, who last celebrated winning a flag in 1964.

Midfielder Christian Petracca snared the coveted Norm Smith Medal after he was judged to be best on ground. 

AFL media personality Campbell Brown has revealed the rival squads reportedly were close to coming to blows two days after the grand final in a Perth nightclub

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The premiership triumph ended 57 years of pain for Melbourne supporters, who last celebrated winning a flag in 1964