Fremantle are expected to be without Luke McPharlin for Saturday’s critical showdown with Adelaide at AAMI Stadium after the All-Australian contender was offered a one-match ban.
The 30-year-old can accept the suspension with an early guilty plea after being charged over his front-on bump against young Eagles forward Jack Darling in Saturday’s western derby win.
It is a cruel blow for the in-form Dockers, who otherwise received good news from the AFL match review panel with captain Matthew Pavlich and midfielder Matt de Boer both able to accept reprimands over separate incidents.
McPharlin was reported for rough conduct over the crunching shirt front laid during the first quarter of the 65-point triumph.
He collected Darling to the shoulder and neck. It is the second time in the space of 12 months that Fremantle’s key defender has been suspended for one game.
Pavlich was charged for striking opponent Mitch Brown in an altercation three minutes into the third term.
The Fremantle captain swung his right arm as he ran back towards goal after tangling with Brown and appeared to clip the defender to the head.
He can escape suspension with an early guilty plea in a major relief for Fremantle fans, but will be ruled ineligible for this year’s Brownlow Medal.
De Boer can similarly get off with a reprimand after being reported for tripping Daniel Kerr during the second quarter.
In other reports, Hawthorn forward Liam Shiels has been charged with a level two striking offence and offered a one-game ban.North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey has been fined $1950 for misconduct after he pushed Bulldogs defender Robert Murphy into the path of an umpire and St Kilda's Tom Simpkin has been offered a reprimand for a front-on bump.