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Saint says sorry to fired-up dwarf

THE St Kilda footballer under fire for setting alight the clothes of a dwarf entertainer during a "mad Monday" prank that went wrong apologised last night over the incident.

The victim, Blake Johnston, who had been booked to appear at the club's end-of-season celebrations at a South Melbourne pub, told a Melbourne newspaper he had accepted the apology from player Clinton Jones and would not be pressing charges.

"The player has also offered to make a donation to a charity of my choosing, which is the Kids with Cancer Foundation Australia," he said.

AFL boss Andrew Demetriou (pictured) also found himself in hot water, after giggling when told about the incident during his appearance on Channel 7's Talking Footy on Monday night.

Demetriou apologised yesterday on Melbourne radio for that reaction.

"I thought it was a joke," he said. "After I found out that it was true - it's just reprehensible."

Johnston suffered minor injuries.

The Saints have fined Jones $3000 in accordance with the AFL Players Code of Conduct.