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'Have you read my statement?' Barry Hall death stares a reporter before giving a paid speech at a country footy club – just hours after being sacked over his filthy comments on live radio

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a couple of people posing for the camera: Hall met his partner while starring on the 2015 series of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Hall met his partner while starring on the 2015 series of I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Barry Hall has refused to repeat an apology for vulgar comments he made on live radio when confronted outside a country football club where he was giving a paid speech. 

Just hours after his sacking from radio station Triple M over the comments, Hall appeared at the Eudunda Robertstown Football Club in South Australia to give a speech to about 100 people. 

Hall earlier broke his silence and apologised for the the vile comments he made on live radio about his fellow panellist's heavily pregnant wife.

Hall and his Triple M colleagues were speaking about former St Kilda star Leigh Montagna's partner, who recently underwent a medical procedure known as a 'sweep', which can induce labour. 

'The doctor was a good looking rooster and around 40 years of age. He did a sweep with his fingers and licked his fingers afterwards,' Hall remarked on Friday.  

a person standing posing for the camera: Hall (pictured with partner Lauren Brant) and his Triple M colleagues were speaking about former St Kilda star Leigh Montagna's wife on live radio on Friday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Hall (pictured with partner Lauren Brant) and his Triple M colleagues were speaking about former St Kilda star Leigh Montagna's wife on live radio on Friday The former spearhead forward was immediately sacked by the radio station. On Saturday, he apologised for what he said was a 'silly thing to say'.

When asked by a reporter outside the regional club on Saturday night if he had been suprised by the reaction to his comments, the former premiership captain did not respond. 

When further pressed if he would like to repeat his apology in person Hall refused.  

The Eudunda Robertstown Football Club offered refunds to anyone who did not want to attend the evening.

'If any person who has purchased a ticket for tonight's event with Barry Hall has been offended by his comments last night, your tickets will be refunded,' the post read.

'The event is still going ahead, however, the Saints Football and Netball clubs want to ensure that we do not condone Barry's comments and we wish to distance ourselves from them.'

a man standing in a room: Just hours after his sacking from radio station Triple M over the comments Hall appeared at the Eudunda Robertstown Football Club in South Australia to give a speech to about 100 people © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Just hours after his sacking from radio station Triple M over the comments Hall appeared at the Eudunda Robertstown Football Club in South Australia to give a speech to about 100 people

Hall issued an apology earlier on Saturday saying the comments were not a reflection of his views. 

 'It is not a reflection of who I am or what my views are. I am a proud father and dedicated partner and have nothing but respect for women,' Hall told The Sunday Telegraph.

'I apologise to the Montagna family for any upset I have caused them and wish them all the best with the exciting arrival of their baby.

'I also want to thank those for their support and am disappointed that I have been stood down because of this incident.'

Hall said he hopes the football community and the wider public can forgive him. 

His partner and mother of his young child, former Hi-5 star Lauren Brant, was swamped with hateful messages on Instagram following Hall's comments.

But the messages did not stop her speaking out in defence of her boyfriend, saying he has an 'absolute heart of gold'.

''He is the most adoring partner and loving and proud father and would never want to offend any person, especially women. I say that as an empowered female myself,' she said, adding that she loves and stands by him. 

a group of people wearing costumes: Hall led the Sydney Swans to the club's first AFL premiership in over seven decades in 2005 © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Hall led the Sydney Swans to the club's first AFL premiership in over seven decades in 2005 a man and woman posing for a picture: The former star was commentating during Triple M's pre-game show with St Kilda legend Leigh Montagna (pictured, right) when he made an offensive comment regarding Montagna's wife Erinn (pictured, left) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The former star was commentating during Triple M's pre-game show with St Kilda legend Leigh Montagna (pictured, right) when he made an offensive comment regarding Montagna's wife Erinn (pictured, left)

Most are too vulgar to publish and have since been deleted.

'Isn't Lauren Brant a lucky lady if that's where Barry Hall's mind goes regarding childbirth,' one relatively inoffensive Twitter post read.   

'Any sympathy or elevation in popularity Barry Hall gained from I'm A Celebrity has just been destroyed,' another said.

'His true lack of respect for women is obvious to all. Not quite the perfect partner Lauren Brant tries to wh**e out to the public.'

WHAT DID HALL SAY? 

Montagna was asked by a panellist about his wife's 'sweep' procedure, a technique used by medical professionals to try to induce labour.

Leigh Montagna: 'The obstetrician just has a little feel and makes sure she's starting to dilate and puts a couple of fingers up. It's a procedure before birth.'

Barry Hall: 'Joey was a bit disturbed. The doctor was a good looking rooster and around 40 years of age. He did a sweep with his fingers and licked his fingers afterwards. That's disturbing stuff.'

While Hall was roundly condemned for his comments, some jumped to his defence and argued he never should have been sacked by the radio station.

a person posing for the camera: Hall was sacked for comments made to St Kilda great Leigh Montagna about his wife Erinn (pictured) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Hall was sacked for comments made to St Kilda great Leigh Montagna about his wife Erinn (pictured) 'Everyone makes mistakes. Aussies turning into a bunch of sooks just looking to have a whinge. Chin up Baz,' one said.

'If anyone actually heard the Barry Hall incident, they'd realise it was nothing more than a poorly skewed joke,' another argued. 

'Bad taste?! Perhaps. But a complete over-reaction to be fired on the spot.' 

Others blamed Montagna for bringing the topic up on live radio and said the panellists who laughed at Hall's 'joke' were equally at fault. 

One said: 'Barry Hall needed to be sacked, but what on earth was Montagna thinking talking about his wife's, very intimate and personal, medical procedures on TV?!'  

a woman in sunglasses sitting in a chair talking on a cell phone: 'Isn't Lauren Brant (pictured) a lucky lady if that's where Barry Hall's mind goes regarding childbirth,' on person commented © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'Isn't Lauren Brant (pictured) a lucky lady if that's where Barry Hall's mind goes regarding childbirth,' on person commented

'You've gotta question why Joey and the others laughed at Barry's comment. Weird conversation to have on air,' another wrote. 

Triple M head of content Mike Fitzpatrick said Hall's remarks were 'unacceptable and inappropriate'.   

'The commentator was removed immediately from the broadcast and an apology was issued on air afterwards,' he said in a statement. 

'Immediate action was taken with the termination of employment for one team member.' 

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