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Vic footballer crudely hit from behind

AAP logoAAP 28/07/2016 By Luke Costin

A suburban footballer in Melbourne will have facial surgery after allegedly being punched behind the play in an attack now under police investigation.

Wandin Bulldogs ruckman Robbie Ross was to go under the knife on Friday morning to push his shattered cheekbone into place after he was allegedly blindsided by an opposition player's fist in a match last Saturday.

He told AAP he was unsure why someone belted him just 90 seconds into Saturday's top-of-the-table clash with Healesville in the Yarra Ranges football league.

Mr Ross said he was forced from the field and into an ambulance.

"I didn't see who got me as it was from behind," he said.

"I knew straight away the cheekbone had a hole in it."

He said he was confident the league will deal with it accordingly.

But Football Netball Club, while stressing it certainly does not excuse the violence, said an internal investigation leads it to believe one of its players was felled before a punch was thrown at Mr Ross.

"Firstly, the HFNC does not condone any form of violence on or off the sporting arena," the executive committee posted to Facebook on Friday.

"Secondly, we wish to make it crystal clear that contrary to social and printed media reports, that this was not a premeditated or isolated incident."

The Healesville player is believed to have suffered a serious concussion.

"We are monitoring our footballer's health and will ensure he is receiving the best treatment possible to deal with his physical injuries, along with the mental anguish of the accusations that have been circulating around the media."

Victoria Police is also conducting an investigation.

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