WA Commission to meet with GNFL as it investigates colts brawl, while weekend games remain in doubt

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The fallout from a mass brawl at the colts game between Brigades and Mullewa continues.
Camera IconThe fallout from a mass brawl at the colts game between Brigades and Mullewa continues. Credit: Facebook

The fallout from a mass brawl at the colts game between Brigades and Mullewa continues as the WA Football Commission is set to meet with GNFL by the end of this week as part of its investigation.

It is unclear if either team will be able to field a colts side for their games on Saturday.

However, with multiple red cards handed out over the incident, it would be a tall order to have enough players considering most clubs are also dealing with COVID disruptions and injuries late into the season.

It also remains uncertain at this stage what will happen to the result of the match as the game was briefly listed as abandoned before the final score was re-instated.

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Brigades were ahead by four points when fighting broke out between players and supporters in the third quarter, forcing the cancellation of the game.

A representative from the WA Football Commission has been sent up to Geraldton this week to meet with the GNFL, as the commission’s integrity department is now taking the lead on the investigation.

At this stage, no findings from the incident have been reported as the investigations continue behind closed doors.

The investigations are expected to take some time and the eligibility of the players under investigation is unknown but could possibly see players unavailable for multiple games.

The GNFL and clubs involved are refusing to comment.

Earlier this week, police revealed that 19 umpire reports had been made as a result of the brawl.

Geraldton Police acting officer in charge Sen. Sgt Adrian Geary said criminal charges were still a possibility.

“At this time no incidents of assault have been reported to police but it is likely the commission will encourage formal criminal complaints to be made to police,” he said.

The fixtures for Saturday’s Round 13 games are meant to see Mullewa take on Northampton in Northampton, while Brigades are supposed to face Chapman Valley away.

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