NTFA apology over footy brawl

NTFA president Geoff Lyons addresses the media this morning. Photo by Scott Gelston

NTFA president Geoff Lyons addresses the media this morning. Photo by Scott Gelston

NTFA president Geoff Lyons today apologised to the football community, sponsors and supporters for the brawl that broke at the NTFA division 2 match between Old Scotch and Fingal Valley a fortnight ago which forced the umpires to abandon the game.

Lyons said the NTFA had treated the incident in a very serious manner and would not condone or tolerate that behaviour now or in the future.

As revealed in The Examiner yesterday, he confirmed the penalties  for the clubs involved in the melee.

Old Scotch will be fined $4000 and will be stripped of 16 premiership points while Fingal Valley will be hit with a $6000 fine and forfeit 24 points.

Previously suspended fines for both clubs from last season's melee will also be imposed.

Other points arising out of the investigation were:

* The match has been declared void and no premiership points awarded including no for or against being counted and no NTFA best and fairest votes awarded.

* Three umpires plus a reserve umpire will be allocated to all future matches between the two clubs until a review at the end of the 2015 season with the cost split equally between the two.

* All matches between the clubs will be videoed from at least two angles and the additional cost be equally split between the clubs with a review at the end of the 2015 season.

* Two players will front the NTFA tribunal next Monday night on charges relating to the brawl, one for coming back on to the field after being sent off and the other charged with another offence.

He declined to name the players or identify their club.

Lyons said the reaction of the clubs involved to the penalties and outcomes had been mixed and the stiffer penalty imposed on Fingal had been the result of the independent investigators recommendation.

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