Weeroona Bay Football Club player Richard Green has been deregistered after being slapped with a six-game suspension for allegedly attacking a Roopena Football Club player.
Roopena player Ben Auld was knocked unconscious 60 metres off the ball during an A grade Whyalla Football League match on April 29.
According to reports, Auld was unconscious for about a minute before being stretchered off the field and taken to the Whyalla Hospital.
In an unusual turn of events, the Tigers player was originally found not guilty by the tribunal on May 2 despite witnesses and an umpire’s report stating that an incident took place.
This decision was overturned by the league because the tribunal reached its conclusion with only two sitting members, making it unconstitutional.
The tribunal then reconvened on May 9 with three new members — excluding the two members involved in the original decision — and found Green guilty of the conduct, suspending him for six games.
The ban will trigger Green’s deregistration as it is added to his career total.
Treasurer Keith Sichler said violence behind the play was “not condoned” by the league.
“I hope the ban does send a clear message to all players and supporters that this kind of incident is not part of our game,” he said.
Robert Auld, father of Ben, said he hoped to see the league and the community make a bigger statement against unnecessary violence on the football field.
“The silent majority need to get together and say that we don’t accept this kind of violence in our sport. You can play as hard as you want, but we don’t want to see fists thrown,” he said.
“It is not part of football … the community needs to all get together and say that it is not acceptable. Where I come from you went out on the football field, you played hard and within the rules, but after the game you just laughed and had a drink together.”
Ben Auld returned to the field the next weekend to play against Central Whyalla.