AFL premiership winner pleads guilty to assaulting umpire

Former North Melbourne player Glenn Archer.
Former North Melbourne player Glenn Archer. JULIAN SMITH

NORTH Melbourne legend Glenn Archer has pleaded guilty to assaulting an umpire at a junior football match.

Archer, 44, clashed with an umpire at his son Jackson's under-15s match for the Park Orchard Sharks in late June.

The premiership Kangaroo initially rebuked suggestions he'd assaulted the umpire, saying he merely jumped the fence and "went into protection mode" when a fight broke out between two players on the field.

In a statement released by North Melbourne after the incident, Archer acknowledged the severity of his actions, saying it was "inappropriate and unacceptable" to jump the fence.

On Friday at the Heidelberg Magistrates Court, Archer was convicted and fined $2000 for punching the umpire in the face.

The 47-year-old umpire suffered minor injuries but didn't require any medical treatment.

Archer, who played 311 matches for North Melbourne including the 1996 and 1999 premierships, has been ordered to pay $955 to replace the umpire's pair of broken glasses.

Topics:  assault

News Corp Australia

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