LANCE Franklin, Mitch Clark and Ash McGrath have all copped suspensions after the AFL match review panel assessed the weekend’s games.
McGrath has copped a one-game suspension for making unreasonable and unnecessary contact to Cameron Cloke’s face, while Lion Mitch Clark was banned for one match for striking Jackson Trengove.
Lance Franklin was given a one-game ban for making contact with Jason Akermanis’ head in a bump.
Young Tiger Dustin Martin can accept a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his future record for making forceful front-on contact with Josh Kennedy.
In other match review panel news, Andrew Swallow was fined $1800 for making contact with an umpire, Kieren Jack was fined $900 for the same offence, Chance Bateman was fined $1800 for wrestling Shaun Higgins and Hayden Ballantyne was fined $900 for pinching Gary Ablett.
The match day report laid against West Coast’s Ashley Hansen for striking North Melbourne’s Daniel Wells during the second quarter of Saturday’s match was dismissed because his arm was extended in a tackling motion.
Contact between three Melbourne players and Adelaide’s Patrick Dangerfield from the third quarter of Sunday’s match was assessed. The panel said that Dangerfield had the ball in a contested situation and was attempting to move through a pack when he was gang-tackled by three players and taken to ground. The tackle by the Melbourne players was one action only, with the momentum of the players taking Dangerfield forward. The Melbourne players did not sling Dangerfield to the ground in the tackle..
Contact between the Western Bulldogs’ Jarrod Harbrow and Hawthorn’s Jordan Lewis from the second quarter of Sunday’s match was assessed. The panel said that both Harbrow and Lewis had their eyes on the ball at all times in the lead-up to contact being made. Harbrow spoiled the ball before contact was made with Lewis. His actions were deemed a legitimate attempt to spoil the ball. No further action was taken.
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