POLICE feared the crowd at a Hume League semi-final could erupt in violence if they tried to arrest wanted player Jarrah Maksymow, a court has been told.
The former Henty forward was released from Junee jail into a rehabilitation facility on Wednesday, following an attack on his ex-partner before the game and a run from the police.
Maksymow has admitted to attending the woman's Springdale Heights home on September 8.
His sister messaged his ex, asking for access to his son, about 9.50am.
When the victim said she was taking the boy to Beechworth with friends, Maksymow texted her "see you real soon, you think my son is going to Beechworth?"
She ignored the message but he drove to her house and entered the home when she was showering.
The victim walked out and asked him to leave.
Maksymow hit her across the face with an open hand, striking her nose and causing it to bleed.
She ran to the toilet and locked herself in to prevent him from getting to her.
The victim's sister arrived and Maksymow said he "should wring your neck" and stated "I should smack you now".
He bashed on a door and window and only left when told the police had been called.
Maksymow eventually made his way to the Walbundrie sports ground and spoke to police.
An officer told Albury Local Court "a decision was made by attending police to effect the arrest post-match due to concerns about violence from the crowd".
He fled at half-time and was arrested two days later, and remained in custody until being bailed on Wednesday.
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Maksymow told magistrate Rodney Brender he was keen for rehab.
"I need my own tools to learn outside," he said.
"I've already served seven months.
"I want to come home to my son and my family."
The most serious charge of aggravated break and enter with intent was dropped.
Maksymow must obey the orders of rehab staff and the matter will return to court on June 4.