The AFL is ready to investigate a feud between Melbourne players at a popular restaurant, saying “violence is never the answer”.
The Melbourne season has taken a hit this week after All-Australian defender Steven May revealed that he had been punched by his teammate Jack Melaksham.
Mackay was handed a one-match club-imposed ban for his involvement, with both players ready to complete community service through one of the club’s community partners.
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“The AFL has confirmed that it is looking into the incident between Steven May and Jake Melaksham that took place on Sunday evening,” the statement said.
“Violence is never the answer, regardless of the situation or circumstances. As professional footballers, as human beings, we hope for the best and the club takes the matter very seriously. The AFL is currently conducting its own investigation.”
At this stage it remains unclear whether the league will impose its own separate suspension on Melbourne players involved in the ugly scene.
“Steven is deeply remorseful and acknowledges that his actions were completely out of step with what the club and his teammates expected from him. He accepts the ban and makes no excuses for his poor judgment,” Demons said in an earlier statement. Week
“While we are proud of the culture we have built up over the last few years and we are disappointed with Steven’s behavior, we will return to his character and support him to make sure he is armed to make better decisions for himself and the football club.”
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