AFL defender Brian Lake has been banned from playing for four matches after an ugly incident during his side’s defeat to the Melbourne Kangaroos last Friday.
Lake was having a difficult evening marking Kangaroos forward Drew Petrie and appeared to lose complete control when Petrie again beat him to the ball in the third quarter.
Lake pinned his opponent to the ground and appeared to have him in a chokehold for several seconds.
Petrie grabbed at Lake’s face to force him to release his hold but was unsuccessful. Eventually his Kangaroo teammates dragged Lake off.
Petrie appeared unhurt and was able to complete the game.
Both players were brought before an AFL Tribunal to defend their roles in the incident.
Petrie pleaded guilty to a misconduct charge for clawing Lake’s face, however he said he acted in self-defence.
The tribunal issued him a reprimand ,but applied no other penalty.
Lake pleaded guilty to a charge of “rough conduct” and denied a more serious allegation of forcefully applying his hand to Petrie's throat in circumstances where there was risk of serious injury.
However the jury upheld the charge and issued the player with a four match ban.
Speaking to media after the Tribunal Lake said:
“It’s been a tough couple of days for me and my family. It’s great to come here and get my point across on what happened”
“I respect the jury’s decision on the four weeks.”
Hat tip: Melbourne Sun Herald