Originally written by DEAN MILLARD
FURTHER sanctions may yet apply to the parties involved in the ugly melees seen at Alexandra Park in the clash between Westerns and Dartmoor in the South West District Football League last weekend.
While an independent tribunal handed down its rulings on the five charges laid by the umpires in control of the match on Wednesday night, a statement from the league issued yesterday morning said they were still in the process of setting up an investigation into the matter.
South West Administrator Chrissy Hawker said the league was yet to receive any formal complaints or requests from the two clubs involved for an investigation, however the league was putting things in place to launch an investigation shortly.
“The league has not received anything in writing from the clubs yet, but they have until 5pm Friday night,” Hawker said.
“I have told everyone to concentrate on the tribunal to get that sorted first before they move on to the investigation.
“I would not have expected anything in from them before now.”
Hawker said she could not confirm who the investigating officer for the case would be yet.
She said when the investigation was launched it would run for a period of 21 days, however she said she has the power to extend that period if required.
Hawker said she felt bad for the clubs in her league that they were being dragged through the media as a result of the melees in the Westerns and Dartmoor match, highlighting that there was also an investigation being launched into the Western Border Football League match between Millicent and Hamilton on the same day.
“We’re a district league and we are really copping a pounding, where as the major league had an incident and it is going nice and smoothly because we have overshadowed it.”
After a recommendation from the independent tribunal on Wednesday night the league also imposed a $5000 bond on each club until the end of the 2013 season which will be enforced for any further indiscretions, including the conduct of the clubs during the investigation period.
The official statement went on to say that any additional penalties and sanctions, which the League may wish to impose on the clubs following the investigation outcomes, will be a matter for the SWDNFL tribunal and league at this time.