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Saints ask for investigation into Martiniello injury

Benalla has requested a Goulburn Valley Football League investigation into an incident that left Will Martiniello with a broken jaw during the Saints' clash with Seymour on Saturday.

OLIVER CAFFREY September 2, 2014 3:10am

Benalla has requested an investigation into an alleged incident from Saturday’s Goulburn Valley Football League match against Seymour.

Star midfielder Will Martiniello was left with smashed teeth and a broken jaw in two places after an alleged incident late in the last quarter of the round 18 victory against the Lions at Benalla Showgrounds.

Martiniello spent Saturday night in Wangaratta Hospital before being transferred to Royal Melbourne Hospital on Sunday for surgery.

The incident and aftermath overshadowed the Saints becoming the first GVFL team to go through the home-and-away undefeated in 21 years.

Martiniello will miss Benalla’s finals campaign as it aims to win its first Goulburn Valley flag since rejoining the league in 1998.

Benalla lodged official paperwork with the league yesterday.

League general manager Keith Wellman said an independent officer would be appointed to handle the investigation.

The investigation has to be completed within a set period of time, which will be confirmed in coming days.

Meanwhile, a Benalla under-18 player was reported for striking a Seymour opponent earlier in the day at Benalla Showgrounds.

In the Murray Football League, Deniliquin Rams’ Anthony Bull has been offered a one-week ban after being reported for striking Echuca United’s Nathan Bottomley in a fiery elimination final at Tongala on Saturday.

Mulwala’s Troy Richies was reported for striking an unnamed player during a reserves elimination final at Deniliquin the following day.

There were two reports from the opening round of Kyabram District Football League finals.

Murchison’s Jake Rennie was booked by three umpires for kicking Avenel’s Joshua Brinkhuizen during the Grasshoppers’ elimination final win at Violet Town on Sunday and will front the tribunal this week.

Violet Town’s Albert Hill was reported for making forceful front-on contact to Rushworth’s Luke Wakeling during the reserves elimination final at Ardmona Recreation Reserve on Saturday.

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