ADELAIDE midfielder Rory Sloane’s Brownlow Medal hopes are in jeopardy after he was offered a one-match ban for his late spoil on Brad Ebert.
Sloane, who was among the top five contenders for this year’s award, has until 11am Tuesday to challenge the verdict.
If he accepts the penalty, he will be ineligible to win the Brownlow Medal. AFL.com.au’s Brownlow Predictor currently has him third, three votes behind leader Patrick Dangerfield.
The incident was graded as careless conduct with medium impact to the head.
Sloane arrived late to a marking contest and struck Ebert high with closed first and an outstretched arm in what the Crows could yet claim was a legitimate spoiling attempt.
The 26-year-old would risk missing the Crows’ first final, however, if he challenged and was unsuccessful.
If he accepts the one-game ban and misses round 23, Sloane risks playing just one match in four weeks given the Crows could earn a week off in September by winning a qualifying final.
Sydney Swans defender Heath Grundy, who was offered a $1000 fine for rough conduct against North Melbourne’s Lindsay Thomas, was the only other player charged out of round 22.
Hawthorn midfielder Jordan Lewis was cleared of striking West Coast ruckman Scott Lycett after it was deemed there was insufficient high contact.
“Contact was initially made to the shoulder of the West Coast player, before high contact was made,” the MRP said in its findings.
“Lycett had already been awarded a free kick and it was the view of the panel the force used was below that required to constitute a reportable offence.”
Fremantle big man Michael Apeness was cleared for a bump on Greater Western Sydney defender Heath Shaw because “the force used in the contact was not sufficient to constitute a reportable offence”.
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