Melbourne’s Jack Viney (number 7) collides with Crows Tom Lynch and Alex Georgiou in round seven. Photo: afl老域名出售.au/Fox FootyThe exoneration of Jack Viney last week was a factor in Carlton’s Marc Murphy being spared for his high contact to St Kilda’s Nick Riewoldt on Monday night.
Match review panel member Joel Bowden has confirmed the decision to spare the Blues captain for the blow which left Riewoldt dazed was influenced by the appeals board’s ruling Viney did not deserve the two-match suspension for rough conduct imposed on him by the tribunal.
The panel adjudged Murphy was not to blame for the high contact because Riewoldt had been pushed into his path by his opponent, Carlton’s Sam Rowe.
Having a week earlier referred Viney’s collision directly to the tribunal for adjudication – the panel found it too hard to judge solely on video footage – Bowden confirmed the ultimate verdict that the Melbourne player had not chosen to bump Adelaide’s Tom Lynch would shape which players it prosecutes in the future, and that it had started with Murphy on Riewoldt.
“Yeah, we do. And we did send it [Viney collision] to the tribunal to try and get some of that clarity and understanding, and a thorough examination of the facts. When it was upheld at the tribunal and the overturned at the appeal, we have to take that into consideration,” Bowden told the AFL website.
Bowden said last week said its rationale for referring Viney to the tribunal, without making a judgement of its own, was that it sought a “result that is transparent, that the public can understand . . . then, there’ll be more clarity around bumps, head contact and the like”.
The panel member said he had his fellow panellists had, unlike the previous week, been able to “quite comfortably” settle on punishments for the players cited for high bumps across the preceding weekend: Hawthorn’s Jarryd Roughead, Fremantle’s Paul Duffield, Western Bulldogs’ Liam Jones and West Coast’s Mark LeCras.
Among those four the only one deemed to have been reckless was LeCras, who jumped into his bump on GWS’ Will Hoskin-Elliott. The rest were given the most lenient grading of negligent. In the case of Roughead, Bowden said that was “because bumping is part of our game”.
“You’re allowed to bump – but you’re not allowed to bump in the head,” he said.
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