A suburban footballer from Keilor in north-west Victoria, has been banned for 36 matches following a vicious off the ball incident which left his opponent with a broken jaw.
Former VFL player and Essendon Doutta Stars player, Simon Clarke, had his jaw broken in three places and is unlikely to play football again, after Keilor’s Leigh Burke struck Clarke from behind during a match on August 6.
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He had surgery two days after the incident and has since lost almost 10kg due to being unable to consume solid foods.
Burke faces a life ban if his suspension is upheld, with the AFL’s National Deregistration Policy rules stating that a player who has received 16 weeks of suspension over the course of their careers will be deregistered.