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Mallee Eagles sanctions

Mallee Eagles sanctions

Source: Central Murray FNL.

Central Rivers Board hands out punishment for supporter behaviour

The Central Rivers Board has announced that three Mallee Eagles supporters have been banned from attending any Central Murray & Golden Rivers Leagues’ venues or AFL Central Murray Academies for the next two years.

A player who abused the umpires after the match has also been given an 8 week suspension which can be reduced to 6 weeks with an early guilty plea.

The Mallee Eagles club was also held responsible for the behaviour of their supporters and fined $4000, with an early guilty plea this is reduced to $2000.

The sanctions arise from their behaviour at the end of the Grand Final football match between Woorinen and Mallee Eagles.

The three supporters were found guilty of "abusing the Woorinen players, AFL Central Murray officials and Board members, using offensive and threatening language and behaving in a way which disturbs the enjoyment of the match and brings discredit to their club and the league."

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Central Rivers Board Chairman, John Brookshaw said the Board was unimpressed by the disrespect shown to other patrons and opposition players.

“We don’t want the actions of a minority to define their club or our leagues. We are giving these supporters the opportunity to become positive contributors to their club."

"They embarrassed their colleagues with their behaviour and spoilt what was an exciting game of football.”

According to the Central Rivers Board, after serving at least 12 months each of the offenders can reduce their second 12 months by volunteering to umpire either Reserves or Junior football each Saturday for 12 weeks.

Mr. Brookshaw says that sanctions can be appealed to the Independent Tribunal if they think the sanction provided by the Board is manifestly harsh or didn’t provide the charged player with procedural fairness, but that it could lead to a harsher punishment if they disagree with the initial assessment.

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