Former No.1 draft choose Paddy McCartin is heading to the VFL Tribunal and faces a prolonged ban after a sickening incident which noticed the Sydney ahead seem to punch Geelong captain Aaron Black within the head.
In imaginative and prescient obtained by foxfooty.com.au McCartin, who was signed by the Sydney Swans heading into the VFL season this yr, could be seen swinging his fist at Black twice within the opening minutes of the match at Tramway Oval.
The second punch linked with Black’s jaw, who staggered earlier than falling to the bottom as McCartin ran off to compete in a contest up the sphere.
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The incident has been graded by the VFL Match Assessment crew as intentional conduct with extreme affect and excessive contact, which means a direct referral to the Tribunal.
It’s understood Black suffered a swollen jaw however was cleared of concussion.
Swans AFL coach John Longmire stated McCartin was contrite and had owned as much as the incident
“It’s very disappointing for Paddy. He’s a high quality bloke and it’s very not like him, fully out of character,” Longmire informed reporters.
“I’ve had a quick chat with him, he’s very remorseful. He’d solely performed a few video games, in all probability three video games I feel, he’s simply actually began. Clearly this may set him again a bit, however we’ll wait and see how he goes after that.
“The primary factor is Aaron’s OK, that’s the primary factor out of the equation.”
Later within the match, McCartin injured his hand in a marking contest.
After being chosen with the No.1 choose within the 2014 Nationwide Draft, McCartin managed simply 35 video games for St Kilda as he suffered eight concussions in 5 seasons.
He was delisted by the membership on the finish of 2019 so he might deal with his well being and wellbeing.
McCartin lately admitted that, a year-and-a-half in the past, he was able to retire for good when coming into a gathering with the AFL and a panel of mind specialists, however was given the all-clear to proceed his profession if he needed.
The 25-year-old was signed by the Swans’ VFL facet, permitting him to doubtlessly be introduced onto the senior record on this yr’s mid-season draft.
Saturday’s incident bore similarities to West Coast Eagles star Andrew Gaff’s hit on Fremantle midfielder Andrew Brayshaw in 2018.
That incident left Brayshaw needing surgical procedure to restore a damaged jaw and three displaced enamel, whereas Gaff seemed distraught for the remainder of the match and the following days.
Gaff was handed an eight-week suspension for the hit, ruling him out of the remainder of the 2018 season and the Eagles’ premiership facet.