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Fremantle trainer Ross Lyon has spoken of distressing scenes within the Dockers rooms after the Western Derby following what he termed a ‘king hit’ by way of West Coast celebrity Andrew Gaff on Freo’s Andrew Brayshaw.
A spiteful Western Derby spilled over within the 3rd quarter after Gaff’s giant swing at Fremantle first-year participant Brayshaw, as spectators watched essentially the most fiery contest between the 2 aspects because the notorious “Demolition Derby” again in 2000, that noticed 4 gamers suspended for a complete of 15 suits.
AFL tweet: Andrew Brayshaw left the bottom bleeding from the mouth after an incident involving Andrew Gaff. #AFLEaglesFreo
“Andrew Brayshaw used to be king hit 100 metres off the ball, he is were given a fractured jaw and 4 displaced tooth which might be caved in, he is going into surgical treatment this night,” Lyon informed the media after the sport.
“I have were given an 18-year-old child that I have observed in an actual mess once I got here right down to the room … and his mum in tears as I walked in. It is not very palatable.
“It is very distressing, my senior gamers surely sought after retribution and I needed to keep out at the floor longer at three-quarter time to settle a few them down and say do not convey your self into disrepute.
“Andrew [Gaff] is not going to play once more this 12 months, there is surely a precedent set. I feel Barry Corridor were given seven.”
Corridor won the suspension in 2008 after he used to be reported for putting West Coast defender Brent Staker with a punch to the jaw, knocking him out.
Fremantle Dockers tweet: Replace – Andrew Brayshaw off to health facility now, being handled for a damaged jaw #AFLEaglesFreo #foreverfreo
“He [Brayshaw] used to be beautiful distraught, I gave him a hug. It is laborious to stay the emotion again your self, I may see his mum there,” Lyon mentioned.
“It is a difficult sufficient industry as it’s, beautiful important second … our quantity two select and he may not play once more this 12 months I do not need idea.”
In a sport the place the Eagles got here with regards to clinching top-two standing for the finals with a 58-point victory, Gaff’s surprising choice to throw the punch leaves his personal season unsure and makes West Coast’s marketing campaign for the flag a lot more tough.
The Eagles midfielder used to be 3rd favorite for the Brownlow Medal in the back of Hawthorn’s Tom Mitchell earlier than the sport started.
However his probabilities of successful the most efficient and fairest went out the window after the incident within the 3rd quarter.
West Coast trainer Adam Simpson spoke of Gaff’s regret and misery for having punched Brayshaw when he confronted journalists post-match.
“It is not in my place to remark, all I do know is Andrew is rather disillusioned clearly, he is occupied with Brayshaw and his circle of relatives,” Simpson informed the media after the sport.
“Up to its going to seem love it used to be intentional I am not rather positive it used to be, however we can paintings via it, [it] can be moderately giant information.”
Simpson mentioned Gaff used to be “very remorseful” and that his ideas have been with the Brayshaw circle of relatives.
“Andrew’s persona and who he’s as an individual and as a participant cannot be puzzled so we are running via it … what is going to be can be in the following few days,” the trainer mentioned.
West Coast’s Andrew Gaff used to be a goal for retribution from the Dockers following his punch to Andrew Brayshaw. (AAP: Richard Wainwright )
Gaff used to be dropped at the bench quickly after the incident, as he changed into a point of interest for retaliation from annoyed Fremantle gamers.
“He [was] rattled [on the bench], he used to be in a little bit of concern, I guess I used to be simply seeking to put my arm round him, its unlucky however we have now were given to take care of it.”
Eagles captain Shannon Hurn had informed Grandstand at full-time that the staff used to be in the back of Gaff however had no longer observed the incident.
“The sport is going so rapid, I have not observed it … it is a type of issues you have to be sure you’re enjoying staff footy and beef up everybody, that is what we at all times goal to do now and again this is bodily and now and again this is emotionally,” Hurn mentioned.
Gaff is sort of sure to be referred immediately to the tribunal for the incident — with 3 rounds left in the house and away season plus at least 3 video games to get to the grand ultimate.