Paul & Lise Invite Listeners To State Their Case Over Gaff
West Coast midfielder Andrew Gaff faces a likely season-ending suspension when he fronts the AFL tribunal following his swinging punch that broke the jaw of Fremantle's Andrew Brayshaw.
Brayshaw, 18, underwent surgery on Sunday night to repair his jaw and three displaced lower teeth, which have been put back into place and splinted. He has been ruled out for the remainder of the AFL season.
Gaff apologised for the unprovoked off-the-ball punch, saying he did the wrong thing and it made him feel sick.
While he is yet to face the AFL tribunal, Paul & Lise wanted to know what listeners thought – particularly those who were at the game.
They were inundated with calls - check out the video up top to hear what they had to say.
Thing is, if Gaff cops a seven-week ban, it means his season will be over - even if West Coast reach the grand final.
A six-week ban would free him to play in the grand final - but only if the Eagles lose in the first week of finals.
Gaff was widely known as a fair player prior to the incident - the Eagles wingman had never been fined, let alone suspended, during his previous 174 games.
It is open to the tribunal to consider a player's disciplinary record when settling on their punishment and it's possible a guilty plea would lead to a reduced sanction.
Gaff becomes a restricted free agent at season's end, meaning he may have played his last game for West Coast.
AFL match review officer Michael Christian will have a busy time reviewing the fiery western derby, which the Eagles won by 58 points to take a stranglehold on second spot.
Fremantle veteran Michael Johnson could be suspended for his high hip-and-shoulder to the head that left Gaff dazed.
And Eagles goalsneak Liam Ryan could be in trouble for his high bump on Lachie Neale after the Docker had disposed of the ball.
In other games, North Melbourne's Ben Cunnington landed a body blow on Dayne Beams that will get looked at, as did Essendon's Cale Hooker on Hawthorn's Ryan Schoenmakers.