Holman, Plowman, Pickett contest AFL bans

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Gold Coast's Nick Holman, Carlton's Lachie Plowman and Richmond's Marlion Pickett will all face the AFL tribunal on Tuesday to challenge suspensions.

Holman received a two-game ban for his tackle on Geelong star Mitch Duncan while Plowman was banned for two matches for rough conduct on Hawthorn's Jaeger O'Meara.

Meanwhile Pickett copped a one-game suspension for striking Brisbane's Brandon Starcevich on Friday night.

In a rare occasion, all three cases will be heard on Tuesday night - and realistically, they could all be overturned.

Holman's case has drawn particular ire as at the time, he won a holding-the-ball free kick for his second-quarter tackle from behind on Duncan.

Duncan was subbed out under the concussion rule at half-time after smashing his head into the GMHBA Stadium turf in the tackle.

Match review officer Michael Christian considered it a dangerous tackle, and deemed it careless conduct, high impact and high contact - which draws a two-match ban.

Richmond great Matthew Richardson described the suspension as "ridiculous" on Twitter, while former Melbourne captain Garry Lyon told SEN "if (the ban) stands, then tackling is nearly dead".

Current players also weighed in on Holman's charge.

"Surely we aren't going to accept Nick Holman's tackle as a two week ban?" Brisbane winger Mitch Robinson tweeted on Monday.

"That is a perfect chase from behind tackle, nothing ill towards his actions at all!

"Duncan was concussed, that's unfortunate but it's a risk we take playing a contact sport."

Meanwhile Carlton will argue Plowman kept his eye on the ball and was attempting to spoil when he made "unavoidable" contact with O'Meara on Saturday.

The Hawthorn midfielder was left dazed and left the ground to be assessed for concussion and a knock to his shoulder.

Christian assessed the incident as careless conduct, high impact and high contact.

"Lachie's sole intent was to contest the football, which he rightfully did in a fair and reasonable manner when he arrived at the point of impact, incidentally at the same time as his opponent," Carlton football boss Brad Lloyd said.

"Lachie's eyes remained on the football the entire time and his intention was to spoil the football and any such collision was simply unavoidable.

"We believe there are sufficient grounds to contest the charge at the tribunal."

Dual premiership Tiger Pickett was reported for striking when he caught Starcevich with a high, late tackle in the fourth quarter of Friday night's game.

The incident sparked a brief melee and was considered careless conduct, medium impact and high contact, drawing a one-game ban.

Two fines were handed out in the review of Sunday's game.

West Coast's Dom Sheed received a $1000 fine for misconduct on GWS' Bobby Hill and North Melbourne ruckman Todd Goldstein was fined $2000 for striking Essendon's Peter Wright.

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