MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 25: Sherrin footballs are placed to be collected by Kangaroos players during a North Melbourne Kangaroos training session at the Arden Street Ground on March 25, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

South Australian footballer cops 20-year ban

A South¬†Australian amateur club has been banned from senior football for the rest of the year after the club’s¬†long-time captain was handed a record 20-year suspension for attacking an umpire.

Rosewater Football Club’s 300-game stalwart, Adam Rumblelow, pleaded guilty on Wednesday night at a tribunal hearing of the South Australian Amateur Football League (SAAFL) to attacking central umpire Craig Trewartha during a division five match against Blackfriars Old Scholars last Saturday.

Umpire Trewartha, a member of the SANFL Umpires Association for 49 years and awarded life membership in 2014, reported the incident to police on Sunday morning.

His right eye was badly bruised and swollen after the game and he received a cut eye from the alleged incident.

The club was also fined $2000 for bringing the SAAFL into disrepute.