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Footy furore

  • Footy furore

Anger over jailed one-punch killer released to play footy at Rushworth

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was shocked to learned a convicted one-punch killer is allowed out of prison to play football at Rushworth.

Dylan Closter was convicted of killing Damian Cassai at Rye on New Year's Eve in 2012 and sentenced to nine years and three months jail with a non-parole period of six years

Since April, Closter has played 12 games for the Tigers' senior side in the Kyabram District Football League.

He has regularly featured among the club's better players.

In a statement Corrections Victoria says only minimum security prisoners are afforded such opportunities. Prison management works closely with clubs and leagues and prisoners are escorted to and from training and games by approved volunteers.

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Mr Andrews says the decision from corrections Victoria to let Closter out to play wasn’t appropriate

''Like most Victorians I was shocked to learn that someone who had been convicted of such a serious offence, a cowardly offence, was being allowed to play football, The government has directed that an urgent review of these arrangements be made,'' he said.