As you can see by clicking the link below, a Sydney Premier Division AFL player has risked spending 20 years in jail for sucker punching an opponent during a game.
Risked 20 years in jail?
Absolutely: that’s the new available sentence for a one punch “sucker punch” – also known as “coward’s punch” – that results in the death of the victim, whether that death results from the punch itself or from a head hitting the ground.
Watch the shocking vision here:
As reported, the incident occurred during the UNSW/ES Bulldogs v Western Suburbs Magpies game on Saturday afternoon.
A Magpies player can be seen chasing his opponent before throwing a left hook that instantly knocks the Bulldogs player out.
The only way you can see the very obvious and incredibly stupid assault is by clicking the link above because vision was originally posted on YouTube as part of AFL Sydney’s ‘Match of the Week’ video before it was taken down.
The disgraceful act is gaining worldwide attention, with US website The Bleacher Report posting: “Australian Rules Football is a physical game, but there is no room in the sport for a cheap shot like this.”
The incident has also been condemned on social media:
We don’t need these sort of cowardly acts happening on the footy field. Cowardly acts need to be punished — Julian de Stoop (@JDESTOOP80_FOX)
name and shame — Stephen Robertson (@StephenRobert12)
Why the cover up @AFLSydney ? Come out and send a message. Taking a video down is pathetic.#shameful
— Justin Bathurst (@jbathurst_13)
It is not clear who the players involved are, but the victim is reportedly okay. We find it simply astonishing that any young man would engage in this behaviour after all the recent publicity over the dangers of this kind of behaviour.
One thing’s for sure, he should be kicked out of his club, and banned by the AFL for a very, very long time.