Clarence football Club trainer Randall Castle suspended by Tasmanian State League

Red mist: Bombers Rhyan Mansell, Tom Bennett, Tom Couch and Josh Ponting remonstrate with Clarence's Tim Castle. Picture: Scott Gelston

Red mist: Bombers Rhyan Mansell, Tom Bennett, Tom Couch and Josh Ponting remonstrate with Clarence's Tim Castle. Picture: Scott Gelston

CLARENCE trainer Randall Castle has been suspended for last weekend’s altercation with injured North Launceston star and assistant coach Jay Lockhart.

The State League has spent the week investigating the incident, which took place at half-time during the top-of-the table clash at Launceston’s UTAS Stadium on Saturday.

The matter was determined to have breached Section 6.6 of the TSL Rules and Regulations, behaviour detrimental to football. 

Castle was offered a two match suspension in line with match review panel guidelines, however, his early guilty plea reduced the punishment to just one week.

The incident sparked a fiery exchange between fellow assistant coaches and officials as the players were walking off the ground.

The Northern Bombers and Kangaroos also received suspended $200 fines as per 6.6 of the Rules and Regulations due to inappropriate conduct in the interchange area.

“Both fines are suspended on condition that both club’s support groups and interchange areas are effectively managed, to the extent that no further breaches of such nature occur for the balance of this season, including the finals series,” a league statement said.

The match manager filed a report in his game day assessment and AFL Tasmania said on Thursday that a breakdown in communication between the two clubs was responsible for a 24-hour delay in releasing the final outcome of the investigation.

Earlier this week the match review panel handed out reprimands to Northern Bomber Bart McCulloch (rough conduct) and Roos Tim Castle (striking), Trent Standen and Brady Jones (rough conduct) resulting from the match.

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