WHAT began as the thrill of watching his cousin play in the Boxing Day Test will end with Melbourne forward Jeremy Howe being forced to explain himself to his club after being ejected from the MCG after a beer-soaked day at the cricket.
Howe and teammates James Frawley and Lynden Dunn are expected to front club leaders early in the new year to outline how they became involved in an embarrassing situation Melbourne can ill afford at the end of a disastrous year.
Howe was asked to leave the MCG by security staff after exchanging words and remonstrating with other fans, spoiling a day that began well as his cousin, Matthew Wade, was keeping wicket for Australia.
It is understood Frawley, Dunn, former Melbourne players Jared Rivers and Ricky Petterd and a group of other friends decided to leave when Howe was asked to leave late in the afternoon.
Earlier, the players had held aloft a long train of empty plastic beer cups.
Melbourne players are on leave but the club expects Howe, Frawley and Dunn to be asked to explain themselves, either to the player leadership group or to management. There is a chance the trio could be sanctioned.
There could also be recriminations at two other clubs, as Rivers was traded to Geelong in October, while Richmond recruited Petterd in this month's rookie draft.
Police and security staff ejected 73 people from the MCG on Boxing Day, and nine were fined. Howe was not fined. An AFL spokesman said the league would not take any action.