WEST Perth officials are disappointed with prolific midfielder Shane Nelson but they will not sanction him over the Hillarys confrontation that left him with a broken hand.
Nelson (22) was injured in a fight, which he claimed was unprovoked, outside Bar 120 late last month.
Falcons coach Bill Monaghan said the club hierarchy did not think he “fundamentally did a lot wrong”.
But they were angry he put himself in a vulnerable situation, particularly after events in Leederville last year where West Perth’s Jordan Jones and Max Alexander were injured in a scuffle with multiple Subiaco players including Matt Boland and Kyle Halligan, who were fined in court for assault.
“Players need to not put themselves in a situation where trouble can arise,” Monaghan said.
“But, for want of a better term, he’s pretty much a victim in this.
“He was in Hillarys and confronted by a group of people – it wasn’t his doing.
“I’m disappointed it’s the second year in a row we’ve had to deal with this type of issue, but we learn by it.
“Hopefully it’s a stark reminder to the players.”
Nelson is expected to return to football next month.
Monaghan went on to say the incidents were reflective of a wider issue of violence in the community.
As a father of three, he lamented the fact young people could not let their guard down while out enjoying themselves.
“If I can put my parent hat on… it just disappoints me that this happens on a regular basis,” he said.
West Perth faces South Fremantle at Fremantle Oval for the Garlic Munchers Cup in the opening round of the WAFL season this weekend.
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