GSFL send Ford to tribunal after investigation

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Royals' Jayson Ford.
Camera IconRoyals' Jayson Ford. Credit: Laurie Benson

Royals forward Jayson Ford will front the tribunal on Monday night after the Great Southern Football League investigated an incident nearing quarter-time in the NAIDOC round fixture between the Lions and North Albany on July 7.

Kangas defender Ian Robson came from the field with a broken nose after an incident in the Lions’ forward 50, at the same time a 100m penalty had been paid by controlling umpire Tim Edmunds further up the field.

A female spectator had entered the ground as tensions boiled over between the two sides on the quarter-time siren, and the second quarter was not started until she was removed from the ground.

No reports were laid by the umpires after the heated clash but the Kangas lodged a notice of investigation to the off-the-ball incident that sent Robson to hospital. Following their investigation, the GSFL confirmed to the Albany Advertiser this week that Ford would face the tribunal on a striking charge.

Ford and Robson spent time opposed to each other in the first quarter of the game, which the Lions won by 64 points.

The tribunal will sit at 6pm on Monday, with both Ford and Robson expected to give evidence.

There are no GSFL fixtures this weekend because of a two-week general bye around last week’s Landmark Country Football Championships.

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