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Where does the law stand with coward punches in sport?

Andrew Gaff may have played his last game for West Coast, after he was slapped with a season-ending eight-match ban by the AFL tribunal for punching Fremantle’s Andrew Brayshaw.

The 26-year-old is highly sought after for the 2019 season with rumours up to six clubs are interested in landing him. Will this incident cause selection problems for Gaff?

Many have said, if this incident had happened off the field, the toughened laws surrounding coward punches may have landed Gaff in jail, with hefty fines and possibly a criminal record.

But where does the law stand on crimes and assault that happen on the field?

NSW District Judge Paul Conlon joined Mark Levy and Mark Riddell on Macquarie Sports Radio breakfast to educate on the subject.

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Mark Levy & Mark Riddell