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by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Charges laid:

Cameron Ling (GEEL), striking Collingwood's Leigh Brown: assessed as intentional conduct (three points), low impact (one point) and body contact (one point), equaling five activation points, a classification of a Level Two offense, 125 demerits and a one game suspension. He accepted, reducing the penalty 25% to 93.75 demerits and a reprimand with the demerits held over toward his future record.

Tyson Goldsack (COL), rough conduct against Geelong's Matthew Stokes: assessed as negligent conduct (one point), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points), equaling four activation points, a Level One offense, 125 demerits and a one game suspension. He accepted, reducing the penalty 25% to 93.75 demerits and a reprimand with the demerits held over toward his future record.

Dylan Addison (WB), striking St Kilda's Sam Gilbert: assessed as intentional conduct (three points), low impact (one point) and body contact (one point), equaling five activation points, a classification of a Level Two offense, 125 demerits and a one game suspension. Had Addison accepted, the penalty would have been reduced 25% to 93.75 demerits and a reprimand with the demerits held over toward his future record.

The Bulldogs and Addison took the case to the Tribunal in an attempt to have the charge dismissed. Goal umpire Chelsea Roffey, who reported Addison during the game, testified that she saw "... a Bulldog player punch a St Kilda player in the guts". She described the punch as quite forceful and said that Gilbert appeared to be winded after the incident. Video footage from behind the goals cameras showed contact from Addison to Gilbert who then appeared hunched over for a time.

Addison testified that he was only attempting to push Gilbert away when he accidentally hit him in his midriff. He said it was not his intention to hurt Gilbert. However, the Tribunal panel upheld the original finding of the Match Review Panel. As a result, Addison will miss the opening round of 2011. He will be allowed to play in the preseason games.

Source: afl.com.au; Patrick Keane, Club Media Release

Article last changed on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 8:17 AM EDT


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