Former AFL diversity manager Ali Fahour is set to return to court, hoping to avoid a criminal conviction after knocking out another footballer in a suburban game in Melbourne.
Fahour has pleaded guilty to recklessly causing injury to Whittlesea player Dale Saddington in July.
He was suspended by the Northern Football League for 14 games over the punch, triggering an automatic life ban.
Fahour, who was playing for West Preston-Lakeside, resigned as the AFL's diversity manager after the incident.
He pleaded guilty to the criminal charge in October, but asked the magistrate to spare him a conviction.
Defence counsel Dermot Dann QC said Fahour had made a great contribution to the community in his life.
Fahour last July said he was "ashamed" of his actions and would seek professional help.
He is due to face Heidelberg Magistrates Court on Thursday.