Fi­nals footy brawl

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - FRONT PAGE - Matt Zis

FALL­OUT from the Bel­mont Red­cliffe Bombers Year 10s’ grand fi­nal loss con­tin­ued last week as the WA Foot­ball Com­mis­sion (WAFC) con­firmed it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing an af­ter-thegame in­ci­dent.

In a state­ment on Fri­day, a WAFC spokesman con­firmed the in­ci­dent in­volv­ing an um­pire but could not elab­o­rate on po­ten­tial out­comes.

Ear­lier re­ports sug­gested one Bel­mont player had punched and two other play­ers had pushed the um­pire af­ter South Perth Stingrays won the game 13.3 (81) to 5.12 (42).

Bel­mont had lost only once dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son but the mi­nor pre­miers also dropped their qual­i­fy­ing fi­nal against fourth-placed South Perth three weeks be­fore the grand fi­nal re­match.

A Bel­mont player also re­port­edly copped a red card in a semi-fi­nal against the Mor­ley Bull­dogs.

The WAFC spokesman said it had of­fered sup­port to the um­pire.

“The WAFC has a ze­ro­tol­er­ance ap­proach to any form of um­pire abuse and will en­sure a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion is car­ried out to de­ter­mine ex­actly what has oc­curred and that the ap­pro­pri­ate penal­ties are ap­plied at the Com­mu­nity Foot­ball Tri­bunal,” he said.

“Um­pires are crit­i­cal to our game, are highly val­ued, and should be re­spected at all times.

“The WAFC calls on all clubs and coaches to help en­sure their teams are demon­strat­ing the be­hav­iour and stan­dards ex­pected to en­sure com­mu­nity foot­ball is safe, fun and fair for ev­ery­one.”

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