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AFL icon Barassi to receive Victorian state funeral

AFL icon Ron Barassi is set to be honoured with a state funeral after his death at the weekend.

Victoria Premier Dan Andrews confirmed his offer to the Barassi family had been accepted in a statement on Monday afternoon.

“A state memorial to honour the extraordinary life of Ron Barassi has been accepted by his family,” Andrews said in the statement.

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“The word legend is used a lot. But nobody deserves it quite like Ron Barassi.

AFL icon Ron Barassi will be honoured with a Victorian state funeral in the coming weeks (Simon Schluter)

“He didn’t just play the game – he reshaped it.

“And how fitting that Friday night’s game was a cliffhanger between the Dees and the Blues.

“The Department of Premier and Cabinet will work with Mr Barassi’s family and state memorial details will be announced in due course.”

The AFL has also been urged to create an honour in Barassi’s name, with several prominent voices in the game calling for the league to rename its premiership cup after the 10-time premiership winner.


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