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Ryan Bastinac pearcedale football club herald sun, suffering facial injuries

The Brisbane Lions' Ryan Bastinac.
The Brisbane Lions' Ryan Bastinac.
After being "attacked" in a local football game, former AFL star Ryan Bastinac calls the people who did it "cowards."

Ryan Bastinac, a former football player for North Melbourne and Brisbane, had to go to the hospital after he was allegedly headbutted by a rival.

Ryan Bastinac, a former AFL player, has called local football players "cowards" after he got hurt in the face while playing for Pearcedale against Langwarrin on the weekend in the Mornington Peninsula league.

The 30-year-old had to go to the hospital because a rival football player allegedly headbutted him, hurting his face.

Bastinac posted a picture of his nasty wound to Twitter and said that violent acts in sports need to stop.

"In this day and age, cowardly hits in local football are not allowed," he wrote.

"You can't just go out and attack people on the football field. If that's what you want to do, put on some gloves and try it the right way. We know that doesn't happen, though." People shouldn't be afraid to play the game they love and enjoy because they might get hurt. Football is a tough, hard, and fair game, but we need to do more to protect all the players who are playing the game the right way.

"Do it the "hard and fair" way and get rid of these cowards, because they have no place here."

The Herald Sun said that Bastinac had to get six stitches after the incident, which was paid for with a free kick.

"I've been taking it all year, and it's always been good, tough ribbing and physical stuff, but this weekend it just went to a whole new level," he told the publication.

"This guy tried to elbow me but missed, so I shoved him in the back. He turned around, we grabbed each other's sweaters, and we had a good little fight, which is fine."

Then he just gave him a huge headbutt, and I'm not going to put up with that at the local level. It's a cowardly thing to do, and people can't get away with things like that."

Bastinac made his AFL debut with North Melbourne in 2010. He played in 121 games for the Kangaroos and scored 66 goals for them before being traded to Brisbane in October 2015.

He played 43 more games for the Lions before he was taken off the team's roster at the end of the 2019 season.

Bailey Smith, a midfielder for the Western Bulldogs, was suspended for two games on Saturday for headbutting Zach Tuohy, a player for Geelong, at Marvel Stadium on Friday.

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