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Fyfe pays price for challenging penalty
Dockers football manager Chris Bond and Nat Fyfe attend the tribunal.

UPDATE: Fremantle's decision to contest Nat Fyfe's match review panel penalty has backfired with the midfielder's sentence extended to two matches by the AFL Tribunal last night.

And the Dockers have decided not to appeal the sentence.

Fyfe was offered the chance to accept a one-week suspension for kicking Richmond's Daniel Jackson during last Friday's clash at Patersons Stadium.

However, the Dockers opted to challenge the decision with the club's legal representative John Prior saying the review panel's verdict was manifestly excessive.

Fremantle argued the penalty should be 125 points, not 250 points on the penalty scale, allowing Fyfe to bargain a reprimand.

Fyfe admitted kicking Jackson but said he act was reckless rather than intentional.

But the tribunal determined the act was intentional and as a result the one-match ban turned into two fixtures.

Fyfe will be sidelined for matches against Gold Coast (away) and Collingwood (home). And he is now ineligible to win this year's Brownlow Medal.

The Dockers considered appealing the penalty but this morning decided to accept the verdict.

The West Australian

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