Hefty suspension for ‘intentional’ contact with umpire

The brawl between Balga and Warwick Greenwood football clubs back in June.
The brawl between Balga and Warwick Greenwood football clubs back in June.

A BALGA amateur football player has received a 12-match ban for making “intentional” contact with an umpire.

The Community Football Tribunal on Thursday night handed down the 12-match suspension for “intentional contact with an umpire”.

This is at the lower end of the offence, which has possible sanctions of up to two years, with the player bumping his chest into the umpire’s chest.

The Metro Football League (MFL) reserves match between Balga and Brighton football clubs was called off in the third quarter following an on-field melee on August 4.

The MFL also handed down a one-match suspension to another Balga player for attempted striking and the club a $400 fine, which were both accepted.

One Brighton player was offered a two-match suspension for striking and another a yellow card for attempted striking and the club a $200 fine, which were also accepted.

Brighton president Callum Edwards has been contacted and Balga president Gary Forrester declined to comment.

This is the second time Balga has been called to the tribunal this season.

The club’s league team was involved in a brawl with Warwick Greenwood on June 9 with one Balga player issued an 18-match ban for striking and kicking leading him to be deregistered.

Another received a 12-match ban for striking, another received a six-match ban for head-butting and threatening behaviour, and two-match bans for another three players for threatening behaviour.

Police attended the recent match between Balga and Brighton in response to a complaint of Balga supporters drinking their own alcohol, which contravenes Brighton’s liquor licence..