Local footy player suspended after cowardly attack, video

A local footy player has been handed a lengthy suspension after an off-the-ball attack on the rival team’s captain on the weekend.Mernda footballer Riley Black has been handed a six-week suspension from the Northern Football League after an off-the-ball attack on rival captain Mitch Thompson during Saturday’s game at Laurimar Reserve.During the final quarter of Laurimar’s 51-point victory, Black viciously threw an elbow into the back of Thompson’s head, knocking him to the ground.Stream every match of every round of the 2022 Toyota AFL Premiership Season Live & Ad-Break Free In-Play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Try 14-Days Free Now >Footage from the game showed Black striking Thompson from behind after the Laurimar captain confronted Mernda footballer Matthew Golledge following a 50m penalty. The cowardly act sparked a brief fisticuffs on the field before the umpire gave Black a red card.Black fronted the Northern Football League tribunal on Tuesday night, and he will not be permitted to return until Mernda’s Round 10 match against Lalor.“He’ll learn from this,” Mernda football manager Sean Mills said, as reported by the Whittlesea Leader.“He was very remorseful on the day and he tried to apologise to the player but they waved him away and he accepted that.“We don’t condone violence in football and we’ll have some discussions internally.“There was a hearing last night, they went through the evidence and the video, he was apologetic and remorseful and we’re obviously disappointed by his actions.”In 2019, a Mernda footballer was banned for life following an off-the-ball coward hit against Old Eltham Collegians.“The last couple of years we’ve had a couple of incidents that are out of the control of the club and it’s not something we condone,” Mills continued.“We’re disappointed across the board, that’s it in a nutshell.”The Whittlesea Leader reports that Thompson suffered a delayed concussion following the match and will miss next week’s clash against Old Eltham Collegians at Eltham College.Thompson scored a goal during Laurimar’s comprehensive 20.12 (132) to 13.3 (81) victory over Mernda, while teammate Jacson Cecil kicked four majors.Laurimar remains undefeated after three rounds, while Mernda is still searching for its first win of the season.Originally published as Local footy player suspended after cowardly off-the-ball attack