Sep 12 2019

Fevola faces bankruptcy over debt

Bad times: Brendan Fevola at the EJ Whitten luncheon in June. Photo: Angela Wylie Back together?: Brendan Fevola and wife Alex holidayed in Vanuatu in August. Photo: Instagram

Brendan Fevola on the field for the Casey Scorpions in 2011. Photo: Mal Fairclough

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Fevola tries his luck in Vanuatu

Former Carlton star Brendan Fevola faces bankruptcy over a $7200 debt to a Brisbane businessman who claims he lent the full-forward the money to help him get back on his feet.

Builder Lou Menniti said he loaned Fevola the money in 2011 after visiting the footballer in the New Farm Clinic, where he was receiving treatment for alcohol and gambling addictions.

At the time, Fevola was awaiting a payout from the Brisbane Lions, who had sacked him in February for ”serious or wilful misconduct” after a series of alcohol-related incidents.

”We got a bit friendly and talking – I said, ‘You’ve got to get back on your feet, get off the bloody drink, get back with your wife’,” Menniti said.

He said Fevola told him he needed $7000 to pay school fees for his children, who were at the time living in Melbourne with his wife Alex.

Menniti alleges that, after Fevola received his payout, the footballer left Brisbane without repaying the money.

”I’ve tried to ring his mobile since that day – he’ll never pick the phone up,” he said.

Menniti said he had tried everything to recover the money before turning to the courts.

”All he had to do was ring and apologise,” he said. ”He did nothing like that, thought he’d get away with it, and I just got upset with that so I put it in the hands of my lawyers. They’ll teach him a lesson so that he doesn’t do that again to anyone.”

Fevola said he did not know Menniti and was unaware of the proceedings, filed last month in the Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane.

”It’s not me,” Fevola said, then added: ”There’s not too many Brendan Fevolas around.”

Fevola entered rehab on January 2, 2011, after he was arrested on New Year’s Eve for obstructing police and being a public nuisance.

He was traded from Carlton to the Brisbane Lions in late 2009 after a series of incidents, including a drunken rampage at that year’s Brownlow Medal ceremony.

Fevola has been playing for Yarrawonga in recent seasons.

A hearing of the bankruptcy case is set for September 25 in Brisbane.

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