Footballer charged over on-field attack that left teen unconscious

A violent country footballer has been charged over a sickening on-field attack that left his young victim unconscious with a broken jaw.

The man was on parole when he struck the teenager, sparking calls for him to be sent back to prison.

The sickening punch left 17-year-old Sam Lambevski unconscious at a country football game at Heathmere in far southwestern Victoria.

The sickening punch left 17-year-old Sam Lambevski unconscious at a country football game. Source: 7 News
Will Pickett was charged on Friday afternoon with reckless conduct. Source: 7 News

“I got three fractures – I got one in my left jaw, one in my right jaw and one in my right cheekbone,” Sam said.

The person allegedly responsible, Will Pickett, is on parole for a terrifying armed hold-up in Geelong in 2014.

The victim’s father, Tom, is outraged Pickett was even allowed on the field.

Sam’s right cheekbone, and his right and left jaw, were fractured. Source: 7 News

“If I was aware of the situation that a parolee was playing against my son, I wouldn’t have hesitated to withdraw him from the team,” he told radio station 3AW.

Pickett was suspended for three games by AFL Western Victoria – a penalty some think is too lenient.

“The facts, from a distance, would ask the question – ‘Why only three weeks?'” AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said.

Meanwhile Justice Party senator Derryn Hinch said: “Once he [the accused] did this, off the play, when he breaks a guy’s jaw – he shouldn’t be on the street now.

“He should be back in jail as we speak.”

Pickett is on parole for an armed hold-up in Geelong in 2014. Source: 7 News

Pickett was questioned by police over the punch late Friday afternoon, resulting in a charge of reckless conduct – meaning his parole is now likely to be revoked.

The alleged victim’s recovery will be slow and he is not sure if he will ever play football again.