BUNINYONG forward Mark Phelps has been slapped with a two-match ban for headbutting Hepburn’s Alan Ware in the Central Highlands Football League grand final on September 14.
Last night’s Independent Goldfields Tribunal hearing saw Phelps plead guilty to the act, which the tribunal labelled as misconduct towards another player.
The incident happened at a stoppage near the centre of the ground in the second quarter, just after Hepburn had been awarded a free kick.
Phelps and Ware engaged in a tussle after Ware appeared to lay a high tackle on Phelps and the latter responded with a headbutt to Ware’s mouth.
Phelps was promptly sent off with a red card and took no further part in the game.
During the hearing Phelps described the headbutt as a “brain fade brought on by the spur of the moment” that cost him half a grand final.
At the time of the incident Buninyong held a three-goal lead and Phelps admitted that his actions contributed to the nine-point loss.
“It was definitely a factor in the loss, but you just have to learn to let it go,” he told The Courier after the hearing.”
The ban will see Phelps miss the first two matches of the CHFL’s 2014 season.