Punishments handed down after preliminary final melee

Macleay Valley Rangers face off with Wallis Lake.
Macleay Valley Rangers face off with Wallis Lake.

Football Mid North Coast issued punishments to the Macleay Valley Rangers and Wallis Lake football clubs, one coach, three spectators and two players on Tuesday.

The punishments were in relation to the incidents which led to the abandonment of the preliminary final between the Macleay Valley Rangers and Wallis Lake on September 16.

Wallis Lake then progressed through the rematch and then the grand final where they defeated Port United.

FMNC general manager Bruce Potter said those involved have one week to appeal the punishments.

“Sanction notices were sent to a number of players, spectators, a coach and both clubs,” he said.

“Everyone has one week to put in an appeal.”

Any appeals will fight an uphill battle as under the Football Mid North Coast regulations, the people and clubs are now considered guilty and need to prove their innocence.

The official punishments are expected to be released on Tuesday October 24.