Player cops long suspension

Injured: The player responsible for seriously injuring Camden Rams captain Chris Browne has been given a 15 week suspension.
Injured: The player responsible for seriously injuring Camden Rams captain Chris Browne has been given a 15 week suspension.

Group 6 judiciary members have imposed a 15 week suspension on Oakdale Workers club player, Manu Asoava who caused a career ending injury to Camden Rams player Chris Browne last month.

Asoava pleaded guilty to deliberately falling in the path of Browne during a Group 6 game on April 29.

The game was called off and Browne was taken to hospital with a compound fracture and dislocation of the ankle.

Asoava will not be allowed to play league until June next year.

Group 6 chief executive Stephen Hazelton said Asoava 20 week suspension was reduced because of his early guilty plea.

“The board considered the impact of the player’s actions and the resulting injury,” he said.

Browne’s sister Melanie Horton said his surgeon believed her brother was unlikely to play football again.

“We don’t think it is fair that this man (Asoava) gets to play and Chris will probably never play again,” she said.

“Fifteen weeks isn’t long enough.”

Ms Horton said Browne was doing well but he was upset by the outcome of the judicial hearing.

She thanked the community for its ongoing support.

“I feel like the Camden Rams are one big family,” she said.

“The huge amount of support from the community has been phenomenal for Chris and his wife, Kasey.”

Mr Hazelton said he was saddened by the Asoava and Browne incident.

“Most players are good friends off the field so no one likes to see another player injured,” he said.