Billings censured, now for previous case
Billings censured, now for previous case

Perth full-back Chris Billings has accepted a reprimand for rough conduct in a match he was eligible to play when a previous tribunal hearing was adjourned because his injured opponent was in hospital.

The WAFL match review panel offered Billings a reprimand after a clash that felled Subiaco forward Callum Sinclair behind the play early in the game at Brownes Stadium on Saturday.

He was credited with a good record because an incident involving West Perth's Alex Elisseou had been held over from last week and will be heard at the WAFL tribunal tonight.

WAFL operations manager Clint Roberts said last night that the low impact of the clash with Sinclair meant a reprimand was the appropriate penalty.

Billings was warned by tribunal chairman Alan Moroni last week that he faced a long suspension if he was found guilty of breaking Elisseou's jaw at Arena Joondalup last week.

That matter was adjourned because Elisseou was having surgery to have three titanium plates inserted in his jaw.

But Billings' latest penalty will not be taken into account if he is found guilty of rough conduct against Elisseou.

The West Perth midfielder will also appear before the tribunal tonight to answer a match-day report for striking Billings in the moments after the initial clash.

Billings was sent to the tribunal under new WAFL rules designed to better examine any incident in which a player is badly injured but no witnesses or video evidence are available.

A WAFL security guard who claimed to have seen the two clashes between Billings and Elisseou is expected to give evidence tonight.

East Fremantle forward Justin Monaco will appear before the tribunal tonight after rejecting a two-week suspension offered by the match review panel for a high bump on East Perth's Mat Seal.

East Perth's Nick Kommer was found to have no case to answer despite his bump on Koby Stevens early in the second quarter at East Fremantle Oval leaving the young West Coast utility player concussed and unable to take any further part in the match.

Stevens will be assessed later in the week before he is declared fit to play against South Fremantle this weekend.

Subiaco reserves player James Lee will appear on the serious charge of intentionally kicking East Fremantle's Josh Keen.

That matter was also adjourned from last week.

The West Australian

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