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200 Youths Involved In Melbourne Brawl To Be Questioned

About 200 youths involved in a wild brawl outside an inner-Melbourne hotel, which led to a teenager losing his leg, are expected be questioned by police.

An 18-year-old man remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition after being struck by a car during Sunday morning's fight, with police confirming his leg had to be amputated as a result.

The suspected driver, also 18, has been arrested and released pending further inquiries, as detectives work to discover who was with him at the time.

The Police Association has criticised what it says was a lack of planning and resources on the ground to help prevent and respond to the chaos.

"Our members at a local level say they requested additional resources and were told that the response would be business as usual," secretary Wayne Gatt told reporters on Monday.

But Acting Deputy Commissioner Bob Hill refuted this and defended the lack of arrests at the scene.

"We had the capacity (to make arrests) but, again, I'm not going to judge the tactical decisions made by Victoria Police," he said.

"To suggest that Victoria Police was not prepared for this event, to suggest that our rostering wasn't adequate, to suggest that we've got a no arrest policy is absolute nonsense."

Mr Hill said police knew about the risks of the 66 Records launch weeks beforehand and urged the hotel not to go ahead with the event.

He expects police to speak to all 200-odd people involved in the fight over the coming weeks.

AAP

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