A football spectator in South Australia says he is being ‘silenced’ by a local league after being banned for filming a fight on the pitch.
Todd Barry has accused the River Murray Football League of trying to keep him ‘quiet’ after he shared video of a horrific incident during the season opener between Meningie and Jervois last month.
The incident shocked the football community and left former SANFL player Josh Scott unconscious.
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Scott was punched in the face during a heated incident on the pitch.
The advertiser reported that he had symptoms of concussion.
Port Adelaide premiership player Kane Cornes said it was a “loose punch”.
Video of the incident spread on social media and was widely reported in Australian media.
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 due to an early guilty plea.
Barry, the man who filmed the incident, has now revealed he received a harsher sentence for filming the incident.
He said 7 News the league asked him to remove the video from social media.
He says he was banned from attending four matches and fined $250 for “illegal filming”.
“The River Murray Football League is just trying to shut me up and shut me up and hope this all fades away,” he said.
“If you capture this violence, you are the one who is silenced.”
He says he was told he had to get “prior permission” to film the game. He says he has since been informed that only parents and official media are allowed to film matches.
He was filming from the stand because his brother was playing in the game.
Jervois opted not to appeal the suspension issued against the Meningie player and the case did not proceed to a full hearing.
Last week, Cornes slammed the punishment, saying it was far too lenient.
Earlier this month, the SANFL said the governing body was happy with the suspension.
“Based on the available evidence, including the referee’s report, the hitting incident was classified as intentional and the contact made was high,” a SANFL spokesperson said.