Auckland Football Federation press release

An Auckland Football Federation judicial hearing was held on Wednesday regarding the alleged assault of a referee by a Manukau City AFC player in the Lotto NRFL Men’s Division 2 match against Tauranga City United AFC played at Walter Massey Park, Mangere on April 25.

After reviewing the reports from the incident and hearing a submission from the legal advisors of the player concerned, the judicial panel have imposed an indefinite suspension from all involvement in the game (which can only be lifted by application to the board of New Zealand Football) and a $1000 fine.

The player and club involved have the right to appeal the findings and have 14 days to do so.

Auckland Football CEO David Parker says the judicial process under Auckland Football and New Zealand Football regulations has been fully tested by the alleged assault.

“What this type of incident shows is that we have the processes in place to respond in an appropriate and timely manner.

 

It is timely to remind all our members that RESPECT of the game, the opposition, the match officials, the supporters and your club should not be an option. When representing Albany United FC we all have a duty to ensure our club, our colours, our flag, our members are held to a high professional regard. Your actions even if individual reflect our club, our colours and our members. Lets ensure our club is at the forefront of everything positive and we look after our club and each other.

 

Sincerely

Ed                                   Rashaad

Club President                 Club Chairman

 

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A football player who allegedly broke a referee's jaw after being sent from the field has been banned from the game indefinitely and may have to pay a $1000 fine.

 

The Auckland Football judicial review panel last night banned Manukau City player Tama Fasavalu from the sport and fined his club $1000.

 

The club may make Fasavalu pay the fine, but it is not yet known if they will do that.

 

The alleged punch by Fasavalu, broke referee Len Gattsche's jaw during a second-division football match in Auckland last Wednesday.

 

The 36-year-old player is a former Samoan international and has played representative football most of his life.

 

The indefinite ban from all involvement in the game can only be lifted by an application to the board of New Zealand Football.

 

Fasavalu and his Manukau club have 14 days to appeal the decision.

 

He refused to comment on his punishment tonight.

 

Auckland Football chief executive David Parker says the judicial process under Auckland Football and New Zealand Football regulations has been "fully tested" by the alleged assault.

 

"What this type of incident shows is that we have the processes in place to respond in an appropriate and timely manner and at the same time have the ability to support our volunteers."

 

Fasavalu appeared in Manukau District Court on Friday charged with assault and was bailed to re-appear in court later this month.

 

Gattsche had surgery in Middlemore Hospital on his jaw which was broken in three places and was released from hospital on Saturday, his birthday.

 

He had a plate inserted, his gums drilled and his wisdom teeth removed.

 

His wife declined to comment on New Zealand Football's decision, however, earlier this week she said doctors had told her it could take her husband eights months to recover.

 

She said he was doing  "okay" despite not being able to open his mouth.

 

The couple had planned to go out to dinner on Saturday, but instead stayed home.

 

"That [dinner] went out the door. He couldn't do anything. We have to puree all his meals because he can't open his mouth properly."

 

Gattsche is not expected to be able to eat solids for two months.

 

She said the incident had "upset" her husband because "we've both got a life to get on with".

 

"I'm not happy about what has happened but we can't turn back the clock," she added.

 

Fasavalu, a striker, had scored the only goal for his side and was attempting to score an equaliser in the 79th minute of the 2-1 match between Manukau City and Tauranga City at Massey Park. He was given a yellow card for a tackle.

 

Tauranga City coach Mervyn Montgomery was watching from the sideline when Fasavalu then started arguing with the referee.

 

He was given a second yellow card, which automatically became a red card.

 

"The ref said 'That's your second yellow, it's a red, you're off, you've got to leave the field now' and he (allegedly) punched him," Montgomery says.

 

"There would have been a bit of weight behind the punch.

 

"I was 40 metres away and I heard the crack. It was pretty loud."

 




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