All in brawl by ALP at wog club

Key members of the ALP are said to have been involved in an all in brawl over a crappy little wog club and its run-down but maybe valuable building:

THE traditional season of peace and goodwill has not extended to the scandal-plagued Calabria Community Club. Hostilities between feuding members of Sydney’s Italian community erupted into an all-in brawl complete with the hurling of chairs at last week’s annual meeting, in which a former drug kingpin was elected to the board of the controversial club.

The future of the dilapidated one-room club is at present the subject of a bitter legal battle in the Supreme Court of NSW. Fuelling the dispute is a potential $200 million rezoning proposal that has led to the value of the club’s land in Restwell Street, Prairiewood, increasing tenfold.

With such a shit fight it isn’t unsurprising ti find?the?ALP in the middle of it all.

The court has heard allegations of back-door deals, questionable loans and forged board minutes that allegedly enabled the club’s chairman, Rocco Leonello, a former ministerial staffer to the Labor heavyweight Joe Tripodi, to wrest control of the club. The court has heard accusations that Mr Tripodi, who is not a member but who has been described as a “shadow director”, was pulling the strings behind ”a crude attempt by a few greedy individuals to steal the assets from the club”.

In 2011, two days before the Planning Department approved the rezoning of the club, Mr Leonello secretly negotiated a major funding deal with his and Mr Tripodi’s associate, Tan Kien ”TK” Ly, a Fairfield Labor councillor. Mr Ly received a cut of the deal, the court has heard.

Mr Carbone, who has fallen out spectacularly with his former friends Mr Tripodi and Mr Leonello, is being backed by business figures Tony Labbozzetta and the furniture mogul Nick Scali.

And things went from bad to worse with just a few words:

Tensions between the warring sides increased when Mr Carbone queried holding the elections between Christmas and New Year. He also asked that the election be postponed until a decision is handed down in the current Supreme Court proceedings which will resume in February.

The situation was further inflamed when one of Mr Carbone’s advisers, Peter Jones, a former friend of Mr Leonello and Mr Tripodi, took a seat in the rival camp and began heckling. According to those present one of Mr Leonello’s supporters said to Mr Jones, ”You’re not even Calabrian”.

When Mr Jones, who is not of Italian heritage, quipped ”I am Sicilian”, he was set upon by several of those sitting nearby. Mr Jones’s shirt was ripped and he was punched several times in the back of the head and neck. Fairfield police are investigating Mr Jones’s alleged assault.

The all-in brawl broke out just as the vote was about to be taken. Chairs were hurled and security guards rushed in to separate the antagonists.