Nirranda star Isaac Templeton will miss the Blues’ last home and away match and first final after being suspended for two matches by an independent tribunal on Wednesday night.
Templeton, a six-time Koroit premiership player and two-time Maskell Medallist, was found guilty of intentionally or carelessly stomping on another player.
He pleaded not guilty after being reported for an incident involving Old Collegians’ Aaron Williams, who had one tooth knocked out and another broken, during Saturday’s Warrnambool and District Football Netball League match.
The young boundary umpire who reported Templeton told the tribunal she saw Templeton standing over and looking down at Williams before his boot made contact with his face.
She said she believed his actions were deliberate and with “intent to harm”.
Williams gave a detailed summary of his injuries and revealed he travelled to Melbourne in the early hours of Sunday morning to have his teeth put back in.
The Old Collegians player said he had been told the future of his two teeth was “uncertain” and he could only eat soft food for the next three weeks.
Templeton, represented by leading AFL player advocate Howard Beer, claimed he was unaware of what had occurred.
Beer alluded to video footage which showed Templeton was pushed by two Warriors at almost the exact moment he was accused of stomping on Williams.
He suggested that was when the accidental contact was made.
Beer then asked Templeton to show his boots and highlighted the fact they had screw-in studs.
He made the point that had Templeton stomped on Williams’ face there should have been stud marks, which he claimed there was not.
When handing down the sanction, the tribunal said it took into account Templeton’s “impeccable” playing career and character, but found his actions to be “at least careless”.