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Docker Johnson accused of hitting teacher

AAP logoAAP 15/11/2016

Fremantle's Michael Johnson is being investigated by police after a Bunbury schoolteacher complained that the AFL player punched him in the head in the early hours of Sunday.

A statement from the Dockers confirmed Johnson was co-operating with inquiries.

The teacher, Tim, has released a video that appears to show Johnson with his pants down around his ankles in a kebab shop in Leederville in inner city Perth.

He said he was filming Johnson when his partner took offence and snatched his phone.

The 32-year-old Docker allegedly hit him in an ensuing argument.

"Out of nowhere I was struck in the side of the head and fell back on to the side of the ground," he told Seven TV news, adding he was lucky he didn't land on his head.

"He was standing there quite erratic and obviously intoxicated.

"I was quite shocked, I didn't even see it coming."

He made a formal complaint to police.

Fremantle chief executive Steve Rosich said Johnson was cooperating fully with inquiries into the incident.

"We are treating the matter seriously and we are very disappointed that Michael placed himself in such a situation last weekend," Rosich said.

"Michael, who was on leave at the time, is a senior player and a member of our leadership group.

"In this instance the position Michael placed himself in, including his alleged behaviour, was not acceptable. As a club we support the person and challenge the behaviour.

"Thankfully, there was not anyone seriously injured.

"The club has advised the AFL and will continue to update the AFL until the matter is resolved."

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