The Courier-Mail

League sin-bins teenage brawlers

- JEREMY PIERCE

JUNIOR footballer­s have been suspended for a total of 40 weeks over last weekend’s wild rugby league brawl that is now the subject of a police investigat­ion.

The fulltime flare-up between the Rochedale Tigers and Chambers Flat Mustangs Under 15 teams left one 14year-old boy with head injuries after he was allegedly king-hit while opposition players and officials high-fived each other.

It is believed the Tigers player had been trying to drag players away from the fracas when he was allegedly hit by a Mustangs rival.

Video footage of the distressin­g incident has been seized by police, with the Child Protection Unit investigat­ing the matter.

The alleged culprit met with police officers last night but has not been charged.

He may be issued with a formal caution under the Youth Justices Act if criminal charges do not proceed, The CourierMai­l understand­s.

The Queensland Rugby League has also stepped in, citing several players on suspension­s totalling 40 weeks.

A QRL spokesman would not give details on individual penalties or elaborate on how many players were charged, but confirmed players from both sides had been suspended following the shameful junior league fracas.

Rochedale, which won the semi-final playoff by one point, will contest the preliminar­y final this weekend.

Officials from both clubs have refused to comment and parents have been gagged from talking to the media.

In a post on the Rochedale club’s Facebook page, officials called for fans to show their support this weekend.

“We get knocked down but we get back up again because we are the bigger and cleaner club,” it said.

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