WAFL ban will not be challenged by Mitchell Antonio


Reserves player of Western Australian Football League received ban for 10 games over the serious injures of the opponent. But this decision will not be appealed by him.

East Perth’s Beau Chatley remains in intensive care. Mitchell Antonio’s family made decision out to respect the sportsman, representatives of West Perth football club said.

Since Saturday the condition of Chatley remains serious and stable. Antonio in a WAFL reserves match tackled him and he has neck and spinal injuries.

3665D27000000578-0-image-a-15_1468891897421On Tuesday night the WAFL tribunal made decision to found guilty Antonio of rough conduct. After the tackle the sportsman was suspended for 10 matches. The club received 24 hours for appeal.

Antonio and his family refused from appeal against decision.

Paul Peos, manager of Antonio said: “Mitch’s concerns have always and will always be on Beau’s recovery and whilst we believe the judgement was harsh in the context of the incident, there was never an intent to injure or hurt Beau.”

Some commentators criticised an overreaction of Antonio’s suspension as it is one of the longest handed down in recent times.

In 2013 Chatley was a member of the West Australian state under 18s squad.

He played for East Perth in three WAFL league games. Other 68 games he was in reserves.