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Brutal footy attack by man recently released on parole cops just three-week penalty

The AFL Western District has come under fire from a parent of a 17-year-old boy who was the victim of a brutal attack on the footy field by a man with a violent past.

Tony Lambevski told Neil Mitchell his son Sam was hit off the play during a footy match in the South West District Footy League.

Sam has a broken jaw two places and fractured, decompressed cheekbone.

The player who carried out the hit had recently been released on parole and despite being found guilty at the tribunal, was handed just a three week suspension.

“He can’t play finals for his club but the other player can,” Tony said.

“If I knew a parolee was playing against my son I wouldn’t have hesitated to withdraw him from the game.

“I think the club for allowing the registration of this player has to have a good hard look at themselves, but no one’s giving any answer, including AFL Western Vic.”

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“The man has a history of assault and armed robbery,” Neil said.

“If he’d done this in the street the bloke would be back in jail.”

The man was sentenced to six years and nine months, with a none-parole period of four years and three months, for nine charges including armed robbery, recklessly causing serious injury, drug possession.

AFL boss Gill McLachlan told Neil the AFL is reaching out to the Lambevski’s and will look into the incident.

“It seems an inadequate sanction,” he said.

“It shouldn’t have happened, we need to work out why three weeks then there’s a concussion and broken jaw behind play.”

Victoria Police have confirmed Sam and Tony reported the matter to police, they are investigating the on-field incident in Portland on July 28.

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