Teen footballer charged, handed 20-year ban for booting player in the head

A YOUNG footballer has been banned from playing AFL for 20 years and charged by police after he allegedly kicked a player in the head during a game at Ipswich, west of Brisbane.

The incident occurred during a match between the Ipswich Eagles and the Redcliffe Tigers at Limestone Park around one o’clock on Saturday afternoon, August 19.

The 19-year-old Eagles’ player is accused of booting Tigers’ star Josiah Dantel in the head as he lay on the grass after being knocked to the ground.


Police said the 20-year-old Margate man was knocked to the ground in accordance with the rules.

“Whilst on the ground, a player from the opposing team has allegedly kicked the man in the head,” police said.

The 19-year-old from Rosewood has since been charged with one count of assault occasioning bodily harm.

He is expected to front Ipswich Magistrates Court on September 15.

The police action comes after AFL Queensland’s independent Tribunal banned the young planer from returning to the game for the next 20 years.