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Ex-AFL staffer hopes to avoid conviction

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October 11, 2017

Ex-AFL diversity manager Ali Fahour has pleaded guilty over a punch in a football game.

Ex-AFL diversity manager Ali Fahour is scheduled to face a Melbourne court charged with assault over an on-field punch during a suburban football game.

Fahour was charged on summons in July with recklessly causing injury, intentionally causing injury and unlawful assault.

He is listed to appear in Heidelberg Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Fahour was playing for West Preston-Lakeside in the Northern Football League when the alleged incident involving Whittlesea defender Dale Saddington happened.

He was banned by the NFL tribunal from playing for 14 weeks, triggering his deregistration from any league in Australia and prompting his resignation as AFL diversity manager.

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