The tribunal was not required to convene this week after the last player charged, Carlton’s Mitch Robinson, accepted a one-match ban for striking.
Robinson was the only player punished by the panel after the review of Monday night’s match between the Blues and St Kilda, with Robinson’s teammates Marc Murphy and Simon White spared possible rough-conduct charges.
The combative Blues player will miss the club’s next match, in round 10 at home to Adelaide, as punishment for striking the Saints’ Jack Newnes as the pair scuffled.
Robinson’s suspension was unusual, and arguably harsh, because it related to a blow he delivered while he was unsighted, because he had his guernsey pulled over his head by Newnes. He nevertheless accepted the grading of reckless conduct, medium impact and high contact.
The resulting two-match ban was cut to one and 68.75 carry-over points thanks to Robinson’s guilty plea.
Match review panel member Joel Bowden defended the grading applied to Robinson’s strike.
“Normally, behind the play, if you have inflicted a strike on someone it would be intentional, but in this case we see Mitch has his jumper pulled over his head. He still does lash out with a fist and collects Newnes quite forcefully,” he told the AFL website.
Bowden also said that while Robinson was helped by having been unsighted, due to the guernsey over his head, he insisted “that doesn’t make it OK”.
“You’re not allowed to swing a fist at someone you know is, most likely, in front of you considering you’re holding their jumper,” Bowden said.
MATCH REVIEW PANEL – RD 08 PENALTIES ACCEPTEDRoughead (Haw) rough conduct to McGlynn (Syd). One match and 64.06 carry-over points.Duffield (Fre) rough conduct to Wingard (PA). Reprimand and 70.31 carry-over points.Maguire (BL) tripping Daniher (Ess). One match and 30.31 carry-over points.Chapman (Ess) striking Zorko (BL). One match and 45.31 carry-over points.Jones (WB) rough conduct to Terlich (Melb). Two matches and 43.75 carry-over points.LeCras (WC) rough conduct to Hoskin-Elliott (GWS). One match and 26.56 carry-over points.Robinson (Carl) striking Newnes (StK). One match and 68.75 carry-over points.
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