NTFA talks tough over brawl

The investigation into the brawl that ended Saturday's NTFA grand final rematch began last night with officials suggesting resulting penalties could be unprecedented.

Division 2 clubs Old Scotch and Fingal Valley have submitted their reports into what NTFA general manager Robert Anderson admitted had become ``the talk of the town''.

``We told them not to hold anything back,'' he said.

``If some of the things being suggested are true, I would expect the penalties to be very strong, but we just don't know yet.''

Anderson said the NTFA board had changed its schedule to speed up the investigation because it was ``too important to wait''.

An investigator has been appointed who has begun reading submissions that were due in by close of business yesterday.

``We will wait on his advice,'' Anderson said.

``I would expect him to give us the report on all his findings and we would expect that to also suggest appropriate penalties and the board will act upon that advice.''

He hoped that report would be available for the board to consider at its scheduled meeting next Tuesday, adding: ``But if we have to meet urgently before then, we will.

``We would certainly have it on the agenda then and would have some indication where the investigation is going.

``We'd like it all dealt with sooner rather than later.''

Anderson said his week had been ``very hectic'', with a succession of phone calls about the brawl, which involved players and spectators at the NTCA Ground.

Umpires abandoned the game just before half-time and police were called to the incident.

Anderson, who said both clubs had since been very co-operative, confirmed the only report was from earlier in the game for striking against Fingal's Jake Price, who took the set penalty of two weeks.

Launceston police also yesterday confirmed that while they were aware of an incident in an under-16 match between North Launceston and East on Sunday, they had received no official report.

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