Geelong half forward Steve Johnson will miss this Saturday’s elimination final against Fremantle after the AFL match review panel gave him a one-match suspension for a rough conduct offence.
But the biggest news out of tonight’s match review panel was the six-match suspension of Gold Coast’s Campbell Brown for his front-on contact against Adelaide’s Aiden Riley in Saturday’s game at AAMI Stadium.
Brown was charged with a level four bumping or forceful contact offence and due to his existing poor record, his five match sanction was increased to six matches.
Video evidence and a medical report from the Adelaide Crows ensured the contact was assessed as reckless, high impact and high contact.
Fremantle fans received mixed news from the panel tonight after Johnson was charged with a level one rough conduct offence against Sydney’s Dan Hannebery and even with an early plea, his one-match sanction will remain.
But Geelong’s Paul Chapman can accept a reprimand for his striking offence against Sydney’s Ben McGlynn.
Heath Grundy, of the Sydney Swans, was offered a one match sanction for his striking offence against Geelong’s James Podsiadly while Greater Western Sydney’s James McDonald was offered a one match sanction for his level one rough conduct charge against Jamie MacMillan of North Melbourne.
The feisty Carlton-St Kilda match resulted in a one match ban for Saints’ Leigh Montagna for his rough conduct offence against Carlton’s Andrew Walker.
Fines were also handed out to Saints players Tom Simpkin and Stephen Milne while Walker and Mitch Robinson from Carlton also face penalties.
Gold Coast Suns’ Trent McKenzie and North Melbourne’s Cruize Garlett were both fined for making contact with umpires while Greater Western Sydney’s Curtly Hampton was offered a reprimand for his tripping offence against North Melbourne’s Ryan Bastinac.
Fines were also handed out to North Melbourne’s Jack Ziebell and Brisbane’s Amon Buchanan for contact with an umpire.