VICTORIA Police are now investigating a coward-punch that has earned AFL executive Ali Fahour a life-ban from football.
Fahour could face assault charges over the punch in a Northern Football League match last weekend.
He fronted the Northern Football League tribunal last night, receiving a 14-week suspension for striking which triggered a life ban.
He stood down from his role as AFL diversity manager after the verdict, which was delivered after a two-and-a-half hour hearing.
Victoria Police this morning confirmed it is investigating an incident which occurred during a football match in Whittlesea on Saturday.
"We can confirm Whittlesea Crime Investigation Unit is investigating an allegation of assault that occurred during a football match at Whittlesea," police spokesman Cameron Scott said.
Fahour, who plays for West Preston-Lakeside, struck Whittlesea opponent Dale Saddington, 33, in the third quarter of his side's Division 1 match.
"A statement has been obtained from the victim, a 33-year-old Whittlesea man," Mr Scott said.
"As the investigation is ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."
EARLIER: ALI Fahour's coward punch has cost him both his football and professional careers.
The AFL diversity manager stood down from his job after receiving a lifetime playing ban.
Fahour was whacked with a 14-match suspension, after a two-hour plus tribunal hearing in Greensborough, for the sickening strike that concussed Whittlesea opponent Dale Saddington on Saturday.
It took Fahour five games over the 16-match threshold - and he was automatically deregistered and banned for life under AFL Victoria rules.
Thirty minutes after the Northern Football League tribunal delivered its verdict, an emotional Fahour said he would leave the AFL and seek help.
"On the basis of the seriousness of the charge and the tribunal sanction, I'll be standing down from my position at the AFL," Fahour said.
"In this time I'll seek professional help for my behaviour.
"I've played this game for 29 years. It has given me everything (and) I have loved working for the AFL and running programs that have reached out to communities far and wide.
"AFL is the greatest game, and I'm forever grateful for the role it has played in my life."
Fahour worked as the AFL's diversity manager, joining the league in 2011.
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan will on Thursday break his silence.
Fahour arrived at Northern Football League headquarters at 5.10pm on Wednesday night for the 6pm hearing, which was closed to the media.
It is understood that Fahour argued he was acting in defence of West-Preston Lakeside teammate and ex-St Kilda forward Ahmed Saad.
Teammate Patrick Karnezis on Wednesday said Saad was in a headlock and struggling to breathe.
The former Collingwood and Brisbane Lion said a Whittlesea player "threw a couple of punches to Saady while he was in the choker hold".
Saddington was called to the hearing to give evidence but did not speak to the media.
Fahour's 14-match ban for striking followed the three-match suspension he received for striking a Macleod player off the ball in Round 3.
Fahour also received four matches stemming from two separate charges in 2010 and in 2012 he received a severe reprimand for misconduct.
Fahour last week went against advice from his boss at the AFL, Andrew Dillon, and wrote a character reference letter for Richmond's Bachar Houli for his tribunal case.
Houli on Wednesday returned the favour.
"Ali Fahour made a mistake, an error of judgment, and knows full well that these actions like mine are not acceptable," Houli wrote in a Facebook post.
"Let me tell you something, Ali Fahour is a person of highest character, a person who has done so much for so many people and a person I would trust my life with."
NFL chief executive Peter McDougall confirmed Fahour's playing days were finished.
"Fahour's career suspension tally now totals 21 matches, and therefore activates the deregistration policy," McDougall said.
"This means Fahour will be deregistered and will be banned from playing or officiating."