The player at the centre of a wild brawl in a local football league’s grand final could be banned for life.
West Coburg player Jordan Gloury – who is also an assistant coach – was banned for 12 matches as a result of two striking charges in the Essendon District Football League’s (EDFL) division one grand final last Saturday.
Gloury received a four-game sanction for striking Deer Park’s Jack Dorgan and an eight-game punishment for striking Jake McKenzie.
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The suspensions take Gloury over a 16-game penalty threshold, meaning he is suspended for life under rules set by AFL Victoria.
McKenzie is the brother of Port Adelaide defender, Trent, the latter taking to social media after the incident.
“Lucky my brother is tough and OK. Others less fortunate. Weak as p***,” Trent McKenzie said.
AFL local footy Credit: EDFL
An EDFL spokesperson told 7NEWS the league would not comment on the matter as the player considered his appeal rights.
The EDFL would not confirm the length of the bans, either, but it is expected to release more detail after the appeal deadline expires.
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The EDFL said it was unsure if both parties would appeal.
“The charges against a West Coburg player arising from the match reports made in the grand final between Deer Park FC and West Coburg FC have been dealt with by the independent tribunal,” a league statement said.
“As both parties are considering their respective appeal rights, the EDFL will not make announcements on this matter until it is finalised either on the hearing of the appeal (if one is lodged) or if no appeal is lodged on the expiration of the period of time allowed for the lodging of an appeal.”
Following the incident, Gloury and members of his family were abused on social media.
The brawl spilled out into the crowd. Credit: EDFL
“The EDFL has been informed that personal attacks and threats have been made on social media against the player charged and his family,” the league said in a statement.
“The EDFL condemns the making of threats against any individuals and points out that such actions are contrary to the EDFL policies, in particular its media policy.”
Deer Park went on to win the game by 96 points, claiming their first EDFL premiership.
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