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Melbourne utility Jake Melksham required surgery after his hand became infected following his fight with teammate Steven May at a Prahran Restaurant on Sunday night.
The Demons confirmed he will be unavailable for selection in the VFL and said the club was embarrassed about Sunday night’s incident.
The operation adds another layer to the incident which occurred when Melksham, May and four other teammates went out for dinner on Sunday night.
May, who apologised to teammates on Monday, was suspended for drinking in a breach of team rules as he was in the concussion protocols.
Football manager Alan Richardson said it was disappointing in a Melbourne statement on Wednesday morning.
“Jake performed really strongly at VFL level last weekend and it’s disappointing to not have him available for selection this week,” Richardson said.
“What is more disappointing is that the injury keeping him out of the frame for selection is a result of the altercation Jake was involved in on Sunday evening.
“As a footy club we are deeply embarrassed by the events of Sunday and Jake and Steven understand that they have let our club, their teammates and our members down.
“I want to make it very clear that as a club, we do not condone violence of any manner, and the fact that our players allowed any disagreement to escalate to a physical level is completely unacceptable.
“As was communicated yesterday, as a result of their actions we have directed both Jake and Steven to undertake community service through our club community partners so that they can better understand their impact and responsibility as role models within the community.”
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