A fight between two players during an Australian rugby match took a disturbing turn when one of the players choked his rival almost to the point of unconsciousness. Hawthorn defender Brian Lake is set to go before a tribunal of the Australian Football League on Tuesday after the attack on on North Melbourne's Drew Petrie.

Lake has already been charged with misconduct over the ugly incident. Teammates of both players rushed in as Lake refused to relinquish his grip on Petrie's throat.

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