AFL official sorry for sneak hit
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.