Ali Fahour steps down from AFL role after receiving life ban over knockout punch Fahour will bede registered from all Australian football leagues for breaching the 16 match threshold due to prior suspensions.
He was charged with striking after knocking an opponent unconscious with an unprovoked punch during a suburban match. Whittlesea footballer Dale Saddington, a 300 game veteran and premiership player, was knocked outafter being punched by Fahour during a scuffle in the third quarter in a game against West Preston on Saturday. A ban of nine weeks or more would have led to Fahour being deregistered as a player. Saddington gave evidence atthe NFL tribunal on Wednesday evening before leaving without comment. NFL chief executive Peter McDougall said the league wanted to take a stand on violence. "The Northern Football League does not condone any acts of violence on or off the field," he said. "Fahour's career suspensions tally now totals 21 matches, therefore this now activates the AFL de registration policy. "This means Fahour will be deregistered and banned from playing and/or officiating." Video footage of the incident shows Fahour approaching the scuffle at speed and appearing to floor an unsuspecting opponent with a right hook to the head. Fahour, who is the brother of former Australia Post CEO Ahmed Fahour, was immediately red carded for the incident, which shocked and outraged players and local onlookers. Mr McDougall said the striking incident came just twoweeks after the NFL held itsStop, One Punch Can Killround. Sections of the Victorian community have been outspoken over the Fahour incident, including champion boxer Danny Green, who has repeatedly told footballing codes that such vicious attacks should never be tolerated. The AFL is expected to make an announcement on Thursday morning. Hours before coach outlet handbags kenya the hearing, fresh footage emerged of an earlier incident which saw Fahour sent from the field. In the footage, Fahour is seen changing direction suddenly and lifting an elbow to hit an unsuspecting opponent off the ball. Fahour said on Monday he had apologised to Saddington andwas deeply ashamed of his actions. He also indicatedhe would plead guilty at the tribunal. "I'll face coach outlet stores kentucky the tribunal on Wednesday and plead guilty and make a formal apology to the Northern Football League, Dale Saddington, the Whittlesea Football Club and my teammates. I'll fully accept the outcomes of the tribunal." Saddington has previously said he had no memory of how long he was unconscious and says his family was traumatised by the incident. It's not the first time that Fahour coach outlet coupons xcaret has been involved in an ugly incident in local football.
He was charged with misconduct and handed a severe reprimand in 2012 after leaving the field of play to go to the assistance of a relative, who became involved in a brawl among spectators. Victoria Police have confirmed that they have not laid any charges or commenced any probe into Saturday's incident. Fahour was one of several coach outlet tote bags people who provided character references for Tigers footballerBachar Houliat the AFL tribunal last week, after the Richmond defender was charged with striking.
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