AFL Northern Territory (AFLNT) wishes to advise it received notification from the Darwin Buffaloes Football Club that it will appeal the penalty handed to its player, Cameron Stokes at last night's Tribunal.
Stokes contested the charge of headbutting in the second quarter of the TIO NTFL Men’s Premier League match between Darwin Buffaloes and Southern Districts at TIO Stadium on Saturday 15 December 2018.
On reviewing the available footage and hearing the evidence provided, the Tribunal found Stokes guilty of intentional conduct, low impact and high contact and issued him with a three-match suspension.
The Darwin Buffaloes lodged an appeal by the deadline and in accordance with the 2018 State & Territory Tribunal Guidelines.
They are appealing under section 4.3 (d) that the sanction imposed was manifestly excessive.
At this stage, the Appeal Board hearing date, time and location is TBC but is likely to take place the week commencing Monday 7 January.
Due to the appeal process now being active, AFLNT cannot make further comment until the Appeal Board meets and since the player was found guilty he is ineligible to play until the matter is completed.