AFL diversity manager who joined Waleed Aly and Malcolm Turnbull in giving a character reference to Bachar Houli is caught punching an opponent in the face

AFL diversity manager who joined Waleed Aly and Malcolm Turnbull in giving a character reference to Bachar Houli is caught punching an opponent in the face, by Sam McPhee.

The diversity manager who joined Waleed Aly and Malcolm Turnbull in providing character references for an AFL star has been caught on camera punching an opponent in the face.

AFL official Ali Fahour was filmed assaulting a player during an Aussie Rules match in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon, the Herald Sun reported.

Fahour can be seen entering an altercation before punching a man in the head and knocking him to the ground, before running away.

In 2012 Fahour was charged with misconduct after entering an altercation with a spectator while playing in a match.

The former VFL player gave Richmond Tigers midfielder Bachar Houli a glowing reference at the AFL tribunal last week. …

On Thursday Houli saw his initial two-week suspension for striking Carlton’s Jed Lamb doubled to four after a successful appeal from the AFL. … Lamb was left unconscious following the incident and took no further part in the match. …

Houli’s ‘fine character’ was cited as the reason for the lenience, after receiving glowing references from The Project’s Waleed Aly and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. …

Mr Aly, in his statement to the tribunal, made mention of Houli’s position as the AFL’s first devout Muslim player.

PC and Muslims working together. Would the PM even know who this player was, let alone get involved, if he wasn’t Muslim? They weren’t character references, but statements of ideological solidarity and requests that their political mascots be given special treatment.

hat-tip Barry Corke