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Coach gets eight year ban over AFL brawl

By Steve Connolly 23/02/2005 07:46:24 PM Comments (0)

One of Australia's biggest and ugliest football brawls has culminated in a former AFL star copping an eight year ban.

Ex-Sydney Swans and Kangaroos forward Jason "Jack" Love was ousted over his part in a north Queensland AFL fracas involving around 50 players, coaches and officials.

Love had already been banned for three years over the all-in brawl between the North Cairns side he coached and the Port Douglas Crocs in last September's AFL Cairns grand final.

He was given a further ban on Tuesday by the AFL Queensland tribunal on charges of bringing the game into disrepute.

The eight year penalty will be served concurrently with the three year ban.

All 22 North Cairns senior players were ousted last December for periods ranging from 10 weeks to five years when the tribunal found them responsible for starting the fight.

Dozens of spectators joined in the ugly on-field punch up, while others brawled in the grandstand. Police were called and children had to be plucked to safety as adults fought among themselves.

The incident sparked a month-long investigation by barrister Jim Henry, resulting in 22 Tigers players being ordered to front the AFL Cairns tribunal for a marathon three nights of hearings in December.

The bans imposed on the North Cairns players totalled more than 400 matches.

North Cairns won the grand final but the result was later declared a no-result.

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