AFL of­fi­cial sorry for sneak hit

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

AFL di­ver­sity man­ager Ali Fa­hour choked back tears as he ad­mit­ted he was ashamed of his cow­ard punch in a sub­ur­ban foot­ball match that left his vic­tim call­ing for his sack­ing.

Fa­hour fronted the me­dia yes­ter­day and said he had no ex­pla­na­tion for the bru­tal blow, which hap­pened dur­ing a sub­ur­ban foot­ball game on the week­end.

“I am deeply ashamed of my ac­tions,” Fa­hour said in a pre­pared state­ment.

“There is no ex­pla­na­tion or ex­cuse.

“I ac­cept that at no time is this kind of ac­tion ac­cept­able.”

Fa­hour had ini­tially ac­cepted a two- match ban for his hit, but the NFL tri­bunal will now sit to­mor­row to de­cide his fate.

“I will ... make a for­mal apol­ogy to the North­ern Foot­ball League, ( vic­tim) Dale Sadding­ton the Whit­tle­sea Foot­ball Club and my team­mates,” he said.

“I will fully ac­cept the out­comes of the tri­bunal.”

Fa­hour ad­mit­ted his act had brought a cloud over his work as AFL di­ver­sity man­ager.

His vic­tim, Whit­tle­sea de­fender Dale Sadding­ton, says the league ex­ec­u­tive should lose his job and hasn’t ruled out le­gal ac­tion.

Fa­hour said he would plead guilty to the charges.

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