Andrew Gaff has been suspended for eight weeks by the AFL tribunal.
The West Coast Eagles star pleaded guilty to intentionally striking after delivering a punch which broke the jaw and damaged the lower teeth of Fremantle youngster Andrew Brayshaw in Sunday’s Western Derby.
As a result, Brayshaw was admitted to hospital and underwent surgery on Sunday night.
26-year-old Gaff, who has played 175 AFL matches, had never been reported nor fined prior to the weekend’s ugly incident which has been described by many as out of character for the wingman.
The Victorian will next be eligible to play early in season 2019, depending on how many finals games the Eagles play this year.
There were calls within the media for more significant sanctions for Gaff but the tribunal has handed down a eight-game suspension.