A football spectator says he is being “silenced” by a local league after an extraordinary decision to exile him for filming an incident.
A football spectator in South Australia says he is being “silenced” by a local league after he was banned for filming an on-field fight.
Todd Barry has gone public to accuse the River Murray Football League of trying to keep him “quiet” after he shared video of an ugly incident during the season-opening game between Meningie and Jervois last month.
The incident shocked the football community and left former SANFL player Josh Scott unconscious.
Scott was punched in the face during a heated incident on the field.
The Advertiser reported he was left with concussion symptoms.
Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes said it was a “coward punch”.
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Video of the incident spread on social media and was widely reported across Australian media organisations.
The incident was referred to league officials and the Meningie man involved in the incident received a four-game suspension, which was reduced to three games because of an early guilty plea.
Barry, the man who filmed the incident, has now revealed he received a more severe punishment for filming the incident.
He told 7News the league instructed him to take the video down from social media.
He says he has been banned from attending four matches and has been fined $250 for “illegal filming”.
“The River Murray Football League is just trying to silence me and keep me quiet and hope that this will all just brush over,” he said.
“If you capture this violence you’re the one getting silenced.”
He says he was told he needed to be given “prior permission” to film the game.
He says he has since been informed only parents and official media organisations are allowed to film matches.
He was filming from the grandstand because his brother was playing in the match.
Jervois elected not to appeal the suspension handed down to the Meningie player and the case did not progress to a full tribunal hearing.
Cornes last week slammed the punishment, claiming it was far too soft.
The SANFL earlier this month claimed the governing body was satisfied with the suspension handed down.
“Based on the available evidence including the umpire’s report, the striking incident was classified as intentional and that the contact made was high,” a SANFL spokesman said.