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Rob Lehmann and Corey Williams face tribunal over Stawell fight

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http://www.thecourier.com.au/news/local/sport/general/ballarat-runners-to-race-tribunal-after-stoush-at-stawell/2144060.aspx


Rob Lehmann

Ballarat runners to race tribunal after stoush at Stawell
BY TIM O'CONNOR
Ballarat Courier
26 Apr, 2011


VETERAN Ballarat athlete Robert Lehmann is at the centre of a Victorian Athletic League investigation after an incident on the opening day of the Stawell Gift carnival.

Lehmann and Mulgrave runner Corey Williams have been recommended for 12-month suspended sentences and $500 fines by the VAL chief steward following an alleged altercation on Saturday.

The Courier understands the pair became involved in an argument following the eighth heat of the Stawell Gift, 120m, in which Lehmann and Williams placed fourth and fifth respectively behind 2009 champion Aaron Stubbs.

It is then believed the verbal stoush escalated into a physical encounter in front of the Hank Neil grandstand at Central Park.

Lehmann, a VAL board member, expected to clear his name at an impending tribunal hearing.

“I am confident once the tribunal is presented with the full evidence, given my outstanding record in the sport and that Mr Williams has previously served a suspension for making unsubstantiated claims against me, that the sanctions recommended will be reduced or waived,” Lehmann said.

The 39-year-old has had an outstanding 2010-11 season on the VAL circuit, winning the Keilor and St Bernards gifts and Maryborough veterans’ 120m, as well as placing second in Ararat and Daylesford features.

“I am angry and embarrassed. I’ve had 23 years in the sport and have never been charged or fronted a tribunal,” Lehmann said.

“I have possibly had the best season of my career and for it to be wrapped up in this way with an embarrassing incident off the track, it’s hurtful to me and my family.”

VAL chief executive officer Mark Howard said the tribunal hearing was likely to be conducted after this weekend’s Ballarat Gift meeting.

“It works the same as the football, where an umpire will report a player and then it goes to a tribunal, and the tribunal makes a decision,” Howard said.

“We have witness statements, but the tribunal will decide on the matter.”

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Everyone would agree that this is not the sort of publicity the sport needs. Regardless of who was the instigator, both parties should serve some sort of suspension. Behaviour like this should be dealt with harshly. Both are old enough to know better. (PS, i do not know any of these guys personally)

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This thread was started with a Ballarat Courier news report on the Stawell incident involving Rob Lehmann & Corey Williams.

Tornado's comment is impartial and does not assert any blame.

We appreciate those involved may have something to say, but it is inappropriate to air it on ProTrack.

We prefer there be no further comment until the tribunal hearing has concluded.

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Police probe delays Gift hearing
GAVIN MCGRATH
05 May, 2011 10:31 PM
POLICE investigations have delayed a Victorian Athletic League tribunal hearing centering around an incident on the opening day of the 2011 Stawell Gift carnival.

Veteran Ballarat runner Rob Lehmann and Mulgrave athlete Corey Williams were both recommended for 12-month suspended sentences and $500 fines by the VAL chief steward following the alleged altercation on Saturday, April 23.

VAL chief executive officer Mark Howard said the subsequent police investigation had forced the VAL to push back the tribunal date to Thursday, May 12 at Olympic Park.

"One of the parties involved went to the police, so we have to wait until the investigation is all over and then we can move forward with the tribunal," Howard said last night.

The Courier understands Lehmann, a VAL board member, and Williams became involved in an argument following the eighth heat of the Stawell Gift, 120m, in which Lehmann and Williams placed fourth and fifth respectively behind 2009 champion Aaron Stubbs.

It is then believed the verbal encounter turned physical.

Lehmann, 39, has had an outstanding 2010-11 season on the VAL circuit, winning the Keilor and St Bernards gifts and Maryborough veterans' 120m.

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From the VAL
13th May 2011


TRIBUNAL HEARING RESULTS


Corey Williams
1. $500 fine

2. Suspended from all Victorian Athletic League competition until a public written apology is forwarded to the CEO and that the CEO is satisfied with the apology.

3. Recommendation that Corey seeks anger management advice.


Rob Lehmann
1. $500 fine

2. Suspended from all Victorian Athletic League competition until a public written apology is forwarded to the CEO and that the CEO is satisfied with the apology.

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I believe this send a poor message to the rest of the community about the VAL (assuming of course that they care!)

A physical altercation is the last thing we need to be condoning as a sport. The message is that you can throw punches at each other, pay a $500 fine, and write a letter, and thats it.

If the VAL would like to lower the culture of the organisation to that level, then they have suceeded. As i have stated before, i think both should have been suspended and this behaviour can not be tolerated.

I am starting to think of who i would pay $500 to belt. Very Happy

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I believe a $500 fine is a harsh enough penalty. I think they got it about right.

m tyson

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Why should the VAL make money out of this incident? Suspension will definitely make them think twice in the future.

NotEddie

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Why should the VAL make money out of this incident? Suspension will definitely make them think twice in the future.

Absolutely true!

Perhaps the fines cover the expenses of the hearing ... ??

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