Nathalia premiership hero Brodie Ross will miss four games after the Murray Football League’s independent tribunal suspended him.
The Purples’ grand final matchwinner, who kicked a goal in the dying moments of last season’s decider to defeat Finley in incredible circumstances, fronted the tribunal on Monday night.
It was the result of an investigation that left Echuca United’s Tom McMinn with serious facial injuries in the first quarter of the game between the teams on June 24 at Nathalia Recreation Reserve.
Rising star McMinn, 20, was left with tripod fractures of the eyesocket and cheekbone.
Ross was charged with and found guilty of unbecoming conduct by the tribunal following the completion of the investigation.
He said he spoke to McMinn after the incident to check on his wellbeing.
‘‘What’s happened has happened, but it was accidental, so it’s very unfortunate there has been a serious injury happen,’’ Ross said.
Nathalia will not appeal the ban and Ross will be available to play again in the Purples’ round 17 game against Congupna on August 19.