Motlop could cop a life ban

Written By Unknown on Kamis, 09 Januari 2014 | 12.50

Wanderers star Daniel Motlop at the NTFL tribunal after copping a nine-match suspension. Picture: Helen Orr. Source: News Limited

WANDERERS forward Daniel Motlop is almost certain to be de-registered after copping a nine-match suspension in a marathon three-hour NTFL tribunal hearing at TIO Stadium on Wednesday night.

The Territory football champion's NTFL season - and career - is effectively over after the tribunal found him guilty of two reports in last Sunday's clash against St Marys.

The tribunal also ordered the forward undertake an anger management course at the expense of himself or the Wanderers Football Club.

A distraught Motlop, who told the NT News last month this season would be his last, left the tribunal lost for words.

"There isn't really much to say I got what I got,'' Motlop said.

"What's done is done. I've had a long career and I'm happy with that.''

The 31-year-old was handed eight weeks for a front-on charge on Henry Labastida and an additional one week for striking John Anstess in the third quarter, which resulted in Motlop being sent from the field against St Marys.

Daniel Motlop after receiving a nine-match suspension in the NTFL, which could lead to a lifetime band. Picture: Helen Orr.

Wanderers have indicated they will not appeal the decision. It is believed Motlop has already accumulated more than 10 suspensions across his AFL, SANFL, NTFL and River Murray Football League careers.

Under AFL policy, once a player reaches 16 weeks of suspension they are automatically de-registered for 12 months before given the chance to appeal, which is only granted under "exceptional circumstances''.

AFLNT only have Motlop's NTFL suspensions (five weeks) on record.

The league is waiting for his tribunal records from other state bodies before deciding on de-registration.

But Motlop may avoid automatic de-registration given the policy states a player must be given a written warning if they are approaching the limit, which has not occurred.

Regardless of the outcome, Wanderers club development manager Colin Schwartz said Motlop will bounce back bigger and stronger.

"Wanderers football club are disappointed in the tribunal findings,'' he said.

"I'm sure that Daniel will apply himself very strongly in his next endeavour.''

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