A Brisbane AFL umpire was convicted yesterday of punching a spectator at an Under 18s game last year.
Glenn Raymond Noonan, 40, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to Philip Tagell, 61.
Prosecutor Rob Glenday told the District Court that Noonan was in a heated discussion with a University of Queensland coach after presiding over their game against a Brisbane suburban side.
Mr Tagell interjected and Noonan punched him.
Mr Tagell fell and hit his head on concrete, causing a loss of hearing and smell.
Noonan's lawyer Greg McGuire said his client had umpired over 300 games without incident and his reaction was out of character.
Judge Tony Rafter agreed it was an unusual case.
He sentenced Noonan to 18 months' probation with 100 hours of community service.
He also ordered Noonan to pay $5,000 in compensation.
No conviction was recorded.