Fa­hour on as­sault charges

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

FOR­MER AFL diversity man­ager Ali Fa­hour has been charged with as­sault over an al­leged on- field punch dur­ing a Mel­bourne sub­ur­ban foot­ball game.

Vic­to­ria Po­lice yes­ter­day con­firmed Fa­hour was charged with reck­lessly caus­ing in­jury, in­ten­tion­ally caus­ing in­jury and un­law­ful as­sault.

He was play­ing for West Pre­ston- Lake­side in the North­ern Foot­ball League on Satur­day when the al­leged in­ci­dent in­volv­ing Whit­tle­sea de­fender Dale Sadding­ton hap­pened.

Fa­hour was banned for 14 weeks by the NFL tri­bunal on Wed­nes­day night, tak­ing his ca­reer to­tal sus­pen­sions be­yond the 16- week thresh­old that trig­gers dereg­is­tra­tion.

Fol­low­ing the tri­bunal de­ci­sion, he quit his AFL role.

AFL chief ex­ec­u­tive Gil­lon McLach­lan has named Grant Wil­liams as his tem­po­rary re­place­ment.

Fa­hour on Wed­nes­day said the game he had played for 29 years “has given me ev­ery­thing” and AFL is “the great­est game”.

“I am for­ever grate­ful for the role it has played in my life,” he said.

He is due to ap­pear in the Hei­del­berg Mag­is­trates Court on Oc­to­ber 11.

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