ALLANSFORD Football Netball Club has not ruled out requesting an investigation into an incident in Saturday’s senior football match against East Warrnambool, which left full-forward Nathan McSween with a broken nose.
McSween, who kicked four goals in the Cats’ 37-point win over the Bombers, was forced from Reid Oval in the final term with the facial injury.
No report was made by the umpires.
Allansford football manager and senior runner Glenn Byron told The Standard yesterday a decision on whether to pursue the incident was yet to be made.
“We’re probably going to talk to the league first to see what the process is,” he said. “At this stage we haven’t done anything, but we’re not ruling (an investigation) out.
“We haven’t decided.”
The Cats have until Friday to request an investigation, which includes the lodging of a $500 bond.
Byron said the club would communicate with McSween and other witnesses about the incident before taking the matter further. “We will talk to all parties involved and take it from there.”
Byron said McSween was going to seek medical attention early this week before assessing his short-term availability to play.
“He’s one of our key position players,” Byron said.
Warrnambool and District Football Netball League (WDFNL) president Justin Balmer said Allansford had five working days from the time of the alleged incident to lodge a formal request for an investigation.
East Warrnambool already has a player under investigation from its round four match against Nirranda. The Blues last week requested an investigation into an incident which is alleged to have resulted in rover Brendan Foster being knocked unconscious.
Club president Colin Haberfield wrote to the league alleging East’s Robert Lowe struck Foster during the last quarter.
The incident is being probed by investigations officer Roy Barker.