Man who filmed fight at a local AFL game is given a harsher punishment than player who threw a punch

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Man who filmed on-field fight at a local AFL game is given a HARDER punishment than the player who threw a punch

  • A man filming a football game has been banned four four matches and fined
  • The man was recording his brothers play when a fight broke out on-field 
  • He uploaded the vision of the savage fight which saw one player concussed
  • He received a longer ban than the offending player for sharing the footage

A man who took video of a brutal biff in a local AFL match ended up with a longer ban than the player who threw a punch on field.

A Meningie Football Club player in the South Australian Football competition copped a three-match ban after his punch concussed an opponent during a fame against Jervois Football Club.

Bizarrely, Todd Barry, 27, who filmed the incident, received a longer four-match ban and $250 fine.

The puzzling penalty left Mr Barry ‘livid’ as he only happened to capture the punch-up because he was recording this younger brother while playing for Jervois in the River Murray Football League as the fight broke out on-field.

Mr Barry was filming as a fight broke out on field when the Meningie player knocked out a Jervois player with a heavy right cross. 

The player was initially handed a four-match ban for the savage punch but his early guilty plea reduced the penalty to a three-match suspension.

The player behind the punch (pictured) that knocked out a Jervois player received just a three-match suspension

The player behind the punch (pictured) that knocked out a Jervois player received just a three-match suspension

The Jervois player was concussed (pictured) after copping the sickening blow from the opposition player in the on-field fight, which Mr Barry caught on camera

The Jervois player was concussed (pictured) after copping the sickening blow from the opposition player in the on-field fight, which Mr Barry caught on camera

Mr Barry was penalised after the River Murray Football League claimed he had breached the league’s social media policy by sharing the footage on social media.

He was reportedly given no chance to appeal his ban and fine.  

Mr Barry travelled from Marion in Adelaide to watch his brothers, 24, and 22, who also travel to the games from Alice Springs and Murray Bridge.   

Mr Barry will not be able to watch his younger brothers play for Jervois  for the next four matches simply for filming and sharing footage of the punch-up (pictured)

Mr Barry will not be able to watch his younger brothers play for Jervois  for the next four matches simply for filming and sharing footage of the punch-up (pictured)

The Meningie player received a lighter penalty than Todd Barry, who was told he was the 'biggest culprit' by the league

The Meningie player received a lighter penalty than Todd Barry, who was told he was the ‘biggest culprit’ by the league

‘I am absolutely devastated that I can’t watch my brothers play,’ Mr Barry told the Advertiser.

‘I’m livid. I can’t watch my brothers play footy, which is the only reason I go to footy.’

‘I only get to see my brother (Dylan) now when he flies down from the (Northern) Territory.’

The River Murray Football League secretary Michelle Hill reportedly told Mr Barry he was the ‘the biggest culprit’.

 ‘When I started asking more questions she hung up on me,’ Mr Barry said. 

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