Former AFL diversity manager Ali Fahour has faced court today to plead guilty to recklessly causing injury over an on-field punch that left a rival player unconscious.
The incident that took place during a Northern Football League match back in July was one of the most talked about footy incidents this season.
Fahour copped a fourteen week suspension from the tribunal following the incident. Which triggered a life-ban from playing AFL.
He also resigned from his job as AFL diversity manager.
Ali Fahour court case
It is being reported that defence counsel Dermot Dann, QC, told the court his client hoped to be spared a conviction.
Dann made reference to the community work Fahour had done in the past.
“This is a man who has made an enormous contribution to the community and assisted many, many people,” Mr Dann told magistrate Susan Wakeling according to The Age.
Dale Saddington the Whittlesea player knocked unconscious in the on-field incident did not appear in court today.
Fahour faced Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court today, charged with recklessly causing injury, intentionally causing injury, and unlawful assault.
The latter two charges were withdrawn.
Ali Fahour has had 2 charges withdrawn. Lawyer says he will plead guilty to recklessly causing injury after a coward punch at a footy match. pic.twitter.com/iCUk1HmPKx
— Sharnelle Vella (@SharnelleVella) October 11, 2017
The Ali Fahour court case had been adjourned to February.