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No legal action against Hall: Eagles

14/04/2008 03:48:40 PM Comments (0)

West Coast have ruled out taking legal action against Sydney's Barry Hall for punching Eagle Brent Staker flush on the jaw in Saturday night's AFL game at ANZ Stadium.

Hall faces a lengthy suspension after he was reported for striking the Eagles defender with a left hook in a behind-the-play incident just before quarter-time.

Hall, who on Sunday apologised to Staker, will on Monday undergo surgery to his broken right wrist, which he injured when he ran into advertising boards during the game, in a separate incident.

The Sydney forward's punch sparked anger in Staker's family, with father Alan on Monday describing Hall as a "weak mongrel".

There were suggestions that the Eagle might instigate legal action against Hall.

But a West Coast spokesman said the club would leave the matter to the AFL judiciary.

"Brent hasn't spoken to us about that and we haven't considered it," the spokesman said.

"We'll allow the tribunal to run its course."

The AFL match review panel will announce later on Monday whether it has offered Hall a penalty, or whether it will refer the matter straight to the tribunal, as it has done with more serious incidents.

Staker underwent scans today, but it is not yet known how serious the injury is.

He took no further part in the game after he was punched, but could be considered to play Port Adelaide on Sunday if given the medical clearance.

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