Footy thug cops life ban for shocking cheap shot

Ashley Cluney broke an opponent’s jaw while wearing a tracking bracelet. Pic: NFNL

The suburban footballer who broke an opponent’s jaw while wearing a tracking bracelet has received a huge ban from the Northern Football League.

Reservoir’s Ashley Cluney has been hit with a whopping 16-week ban after a tribunal hearing on Tuesday, triggering a life ban, according to Leader.

It seems to be a fitting punishment, considering his victim will miss the rest of the season with a horribly broken jaw, after spending the past three days in hospital.

South Morang’s president Chris Donnelly said the victim was still in a bad state.

“Indications are he has got to keep his jaw still,” Donnelly said.

“If he’s to open it too wide in the initial stages, it might break again.”

Cluney does have the option to challenge the suspension and his deregistration.

The incident, captured in vision sent to 3AW Melbourne, occurred at a Northern Football Netball League match between Reservoir and South Morang.

Cluney is seen running towards his opponent before raising his elbow and collecting his rival in the face with a forceful blow.

Senior 3AW producer Heidi Murphy told listeners some details of the ugly incident.

“(The player) had his jaw broken in two places, spent the weekend in hospital, he’s got plates put in there now,” Murphy said.

In a stunning twist to the already crazy story, it was revealed that the Reservoir player who laid the hit was wearing what appeared to be a tracking bracelet on his ankle.

“We were told the player who carried out the late hit, (was) wearing a tracking bracelet at the time,” Murphy said.

“There is certainly a big lump underneath his socks.”

3AW Melbourne shared an image that they believe shows the legs of the Reservoir man, taken from the local competition’s footy record.

A tracking bracelet is clearly visible in the close up image.