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Umpire knocked out after accidental collision with Docker

An umpire has been knocked out after an accidental on-field collision during Fremantle’s match against Essendon.

Just minutes from halftime, field umpire Alex Whetton was forced off after clashing heads with Fremantle’s Lachie Schultz, who had been attempting to intercept an Orazio Fantasia kick back into the corridor, just in front of the Bombers forward 50.

Whetton eventually regained consciousness and was able to walk off the field with help from trainers.

It is unlikely he will return for the second half of the match.

Whetton was replaced on the field by debutant Daniel Johanson.