Mum of Birdwood Footy Player to Sue SANFL following Son’s Death

September 4, 2023 11:32 am in by
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The mother of Adelaide Hills football player Antonio Loiacono is suing the SANFL following her son’s death in April.

The Birdwood player went into cardiac arrest after being tackled in the last quarter of the Hills Football League Country Division season opener against Gumeracha in April. 

He was treated on the field by paramedics before being flown to the Royal Adelaide Hospital where he later died.

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According to Adelaide Now, his mother Wendy Smith has engaged SA lawyer Greg Griffin to pursue legal action against the league, claiming they breached their own concussion policy by allowing her son to play without medical clearance.

SANFL’s concussion policy stated at the time of the incident that any player who was suspected of suffering a concussion or head injury during play should undergo an assessment within 10 minutes.