Natimuk United coach Tim Friend to contest conduct unbecoming charge at HDFNL tribunal

Tim Friend, right, will contest a charge of conduct unbecoming on Wednesday night. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

Tim Friend, right, will contest a charge of conduct unbecoming on Wednesday night. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

NATIMUK United coach Tim Friend is preparing to contest a charge of conduct unbecoming when he faces a Horsham District Football Netball League tribunal on Wednesday night.

Friend has been charged for comments posted on social media after the league investigation into racial abuse by Laharum player Robbie Miller.

The tribunal suspended Miller for six weeks, with four weeks of the sentence suspended for a year, after he was found guilty of racially abusing a Natimuk United player during a match at Cameron Oval, Laharum, on June 7.

Friend has been charged for posting negative comments about the league on social media.

Some of the Facebook posts have since been removed.

Western Vic Football general manager Stephen McQueen confirmed Friend had been charged with and investigated for conduct unbecoming and would face an independent tribunal.

Friend’s charge states he: ‘placed comments on social media which brought the Horsham District Football Netball League and the game into disrepute under the Worksafe AFL Victoria Cybersafety Policy’.

If found guilty, he faces a minimum two-week suspension.

Friend said he would contest the charges, but would abide by the tribunal’s decision.

“It’s a bit disappointing to cop that, but at the end of the day you can’t do anything about it,” he said.

“The decision will be their decision, and it will reflect what they think is right for the game.

"I just have to concentrate on getting the boys ready for Saturday’s game against Edenhope-Apsley – I can’t worry about the tribunal and what happens there.”

The AFL Victoria Cybersafety Policy states league and club names, mottos, crests, logos and uniforms must not be used in any way which would negatively impact the league or a club and its members.

Under the policy, club members are responsible for their individual social media accounts and can be charged for posts made on personal accounts.

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