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‘Sack him’: AFL diversity chief fights back tears in apology

The AFL’s diversity chief fought back tears yesterday while issuing an apology after being caught on camera brutally punching an opponent during a local footy melee.

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Ali Fahour landed the ugly blow while playing for West Preston Lakeside against Whittlesea in the Northern Football League on Saturday.

He was immediately red-carded over the incident.

Fahour gave a character reference for Bachar Houli at the tribunal last week following his hit on Carlton’s Jed Lamb that eventually incurred a four-game suspension.

3AW Drive fill-in presenter Nick McCallum called for the AFL to act.

“His position as diversity officer is now tainted.

“He must stand aside from his (AFL) position. And if he doesn’t, he must be sacked.”

Jeff Kennett branded the hit “awful”, “frightening”, and “unacceptable”.

“It’s not for me to say what the AFL should or should not do, but I think my opinion would give you some idea,” Mr Kennett told Tony Jones.

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