Carlton’s Mitch Robinson has a fractured eye socket and has been fined $5000 by the club after being caught up in the same early morning brawl for which teammate Jeff Garlett was punished by the club.
Robinson will be sidelined for three to four weeks with the injury, suffered during an altercation in the city at 5.10am on Sunday. The two players were allegedly bashed in the early morning incident. Four men have already been charged with assault-related offences.
‘‘Neither Robinson or Garlett have been charged over the incident,’’ the club said in a statement on Thursday night. ‘‘The club’s primary concern is the welfare of both players.
‘‘However, Robinson and Garlett breached the club’s code of conduct and both players have been sanctioned.’’
This week Malthouse aborted his plan to recall Garlett from a two-month stint in the VFL – along with fining him $2500 – as punishment for the small forward being out until the early hours on the weekend.
Malthouse was seething his player was still out so late.
"Whatever time it was, it was too late and clearly the wrong area. Jeff will be made very, very aware of that, and has [already] been made aware of it," Malthouse said.
"It's not good, it's not a good look.
"He was in the side on Monday morning [to play Gold Coast this weekend] when we picked it and he's not in the side [now], I can categorically tell you that. The players know."
Carlton’s football operations manager, Andrew McKay, said players were expected to adhere to high standards.
“It’s disappointing it has come to light that both players were out in the early hours of Sunday morning – had they not put themselves in that position then this incident could have been avoided,” McKay said.
“It should serve as a warning to all our players that they need to take responsibility for their behaviour and the situations they put themselves in. As professional athletes we expect them to lead by example.
“This type of behaviour will not be tolerated at our football club.”
Garlett was dropped in round 12, and has since kicked four goals in his seven matches in the VFL.
Robinson also was involved in an altercation at last year's Big Day Out music festival, resulting in him having to complete two months of community service and donate $1000 to charity.
The Blues midfielder became involved in the altercation with a friend ''after initially taking steps to prevent his friend's anti-social behaviour'', the club then admitted.
McKay said Robinson should not have put himself in a position to be involved in such an incident.
"This type of behaviour, no matter what the circumstances, is not acceptable or in line with club policy," McKay said.