AFL ban ends Eagles star Gaff's season

West Coast's Andrew Gaff has received an eight-game ban for his punch on Andrew Brayshaw.
West Coast's Andrew Gaff has received an eight-game ban for his punch on Andrew Brayshaw.

West Coast star Andrew Gaff will miss the rest of the season after he was slapped with an eight-match ban by the AFL tribunal for breaking young Fremantle midfielder Andrew Brayshaw's jaw.

David Grace QC, representing the Eagles, entered a guilty plea early in the two-hour hearing then went about presenting a case for leniency that included a long list of character references and a contrite Gaff giving evidence that he didn't mean to hit Brayshaw in the head.

But the jury of Wayne Henwood, David Neitz and Shane Wakelin handed down the lengthy suspension after only 13 minutes of deliberation.

Australian Associated Press