A 16-year-old boy has been arrested after throwing a vicious punch during a junior country football match in Victoria.
The Sale player has been banned from footy for six weeks after he violently hit an apprentice plumber during a match against Brouin in the Gippsland League under-18s on Saturday.
Shocking footage of the incident was captured, which occurred after a brawl erupted on the full time siren.
‘You can see that I’m not facing him … it’s a stupid act, especially when the bloke isn’t facing you,’ the victim told the Herald Sun.
‘It’s sickening, considering the kid’s not even 17. I remember blacking out for a bit then… not being able to move my body, barely being able to speak.’
The boy has been banned from footy for six weeks after the he violently hit an apprentice plumber during a match against Brouin in the Gippsland League under-18s on Saturday
The melee ensued after a Sale player was smashed by a Drouin boy in front of the stands.
Both teams run in and start pushing and shoving, before the 18-year-old Droiun player and 16-year-old split off.
The younger Sale player then strikes his opposition, before hitting him again.
Droun’s coach Harry Wans said it was ‘the worst thing I’ve ever seen on a football field’.
‘I was so close to jumping out and getting involved. It took the ambulance 45 minutes to get him off the field,’ he told the Herald Sun.
The Drouin player claims the 16-year-old was bragging to his teammates about knocking him out.
The victim was taken to hospital with a mild concussion and badly bruised eye.
Both teams run in and start pushing and shoving after a massive hit on the sideline, before the 18-year-old Droiun player and 16-year-old split off and the boy hits his opponent
Police arrested the boy at the footy field but he’s been released while they continue their investigations.
The club director of Sale Football Club said the incident was a ‘poor reflection’ but the 16-year-old was a ‘terrific young kind’.
‘We just don’t want to see it happen to anyone on a football field regardless of what the precursors are,’ Sam Anstee said.