Naracoorte A grade footballer Fraser Day has been suspended for four matches for charging an opposition player in the last minor round game.
Day was reported and red carded after colliding with Penola player Simon Berkefeld at the Naracoorte ground in their round 18 A grade match on August 18.
He was reported under Law of the Game 19.2.2.(a) (vii) Intentionally or Carelessly-bumping or making forceful contact to an opponent from front-on when that player has their head down over the ball.
The matter was sent straight to the tribunal, with no early plea available.
The four match suspension was handed down by an independent KNTFL tribunal under the SANFL tribunal system in Naracoorte on Wednesday night.
The findings on the matter said: “A red card was issued at the time of the offence and player immediately reported. The Naracoorte player (5) ran straight into the Penola player Simon Berkefeld (17) when the Penola player had his head over the ball.
“The Penola player had no protection and as a consequence of this action the Penola player took no further part in the game. The conduct is intentional, the impact severe as the impacted player took no further part in the game and the contact is high to the head.
“This action has the capability of causing serious injury to the unprotected player.”
At the hearing, Day pleaded not guilty to the intentional aspect of the charge.
The tribunal rated the offence as careless rather than intentional.
With the minor round completed, the suspension means Day will not be eligible to play in the first four rounds of the 2019 season.
Berkefeld missed last week’s qualifying final, which Penola lost to Keith by 73 points.