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Ballantyne defends bump
Ballantyne defends bump

Fremantle serial offender Hayden Ballantyne has been cleared by the match review panel for his bump on Adelaide midfielder Matthew Jaensch.

Fremantle vigorously defended serial offender Hayden Ballantyne at tonight's AFL Tribunal to avoid losing a key member to a contentious suspension for the second time this year.

The Dockers forward became the third player in 2014 to have a case directly referred to the tribunal by the match review panel following the bump in the final quarter of Sunday's 40-point win over Adelaide.

Ballantyne collected the Crows midfielder to the shoulder and chest as the two players were chasing a bouncing ball across half-forward.

AFL lawyers submitted the grading for the bump should be negligent conduct, high contact and high impact.

A Fox Footy still of Hayden Ballantyne's bump on Matthew Jaensch.

Ballantyne told the tribunal Jaensch got between himself and the ball and the bump was intended to knock him off the line.

"He was between me and the ball. I couldn't tackle him because he didn't have the ball," he told the tribunal.

See the Ballantyne-Jaensch collision here

Fremantle's lawyers suggested that contesting the ball had to extend beyond picking it up.

Video footage showed no clear contact to the head, but Jaensch was left dazed after his neck whipped when he landed heavily.

The club later confirmed he had been concussed.

The West Australian

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