A local football club in Victoria have launched an investigation and immediately apologised for disrespectful behaviour to women.

Reports emerged on Monday night that male players from the Knox Football Club rated and attempted to trip over Donvale’s female players as they entered the field during a match on Saturday.

3AW reporter Jacqui Felgate said Knox players yelled ratings, such as “yes”, “no” and “mediocre”, at Donvale players as they ran onto the field after half-time.

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“As the women ran out at half-time, male players from Knox lined up on either side of the race, and yelled at ratings for each player,” Felgate said.

“They held out their legs to trip the women over and used the phrases yes, no, mediocre, rating each female player. The players were rightly upset but they played out the rest of the game.

“We’re talking about adult men here who choose to threaten and intimidate female players who are out on a weekend playing a game that they love football. This is suburban footy. Women play footy. Now get over it.

“I hope the men that did this that subjected women to more foul aggressive behaviour are held to account. I don’t know exactly how many were involved … I’ve been told more than 20 other players watched it happen and didn’t speak up.”

The incident came during domestic violence awareness round with local games pausing for a minute’s silence, much like the AFL did the week prior with players linking arms in a united stance on violence against women.

“A minute’s silence was held at this very ground as a mark of respect. And at the same game women are rated yes, no, mediocre,” Felgate added.

“How utterly awful and how utterly exhausting that we’re still at the point where women can’t play sport without being objectified.”

Knox Football and Netball club president Paul Blair said the behaviour was “completely unacceptable”.

“To Knox Football Netball Club community, you may be aware of an incident that occurred at half time in the women’s game where KFNC Players made antisocial behaviour or behaviour that is disrespectful towards the Donvale Women’s Players,” Blair said in a statement on Monday night.

“Behaviour of this kind is completely unacceptable at our club, and we are deeply concerned by the incident.

“As soon as we were made aware of the incident we immediately launched an investigation.

“We are committed to take firm action to ensure that our community are aware that we condemn this type of behaviour.

“We have extended our deepest apologies to the Donvale Football club, and will continue to work closely with them and the EFNL to keep them informed on the outcome and actions we will take as a result of our investigation.

“The safety of all players is paramount and we do not tolerate antisocial behaviour or behaviour that is disrespectful to women.

“As a club we take this matter seriously and will be taking a strong stance on this, as this is not what we stand for as a club and we do not condone these actions.”

The AFL community were shocked to hear about the incident, with Port Adelaide veteran Travis Boak among those to comment.

“We have to be better than this. Surely has to be more than just an apology,” he tweeted.

Former Hockeyroo turned media pundit George Parker was disgusted by it.

“This is such f***ing loser behaviour,” she tweeted.

The incident comes just a week after two Yarra Valley Grammar students were expelled and another two suspended for creating a spreadsheet that ranked female classmates as “wifeys”, “cuties”, “mid”, “object”, “get out” and “unrapeable”.