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Banned Billings faces WAFL expulsion
Banned Billings faces WAFL expulsion

Chris Billings is at risk of losing his WAFL registration after a two-week ban was offered to him yesterday following his eighth report or investigation in 13 matches this season.

The Perth full-back, who has been reprimanded twice this season, is likely to accept the ban for a late bump on South Fremantle's Haiden Schloithe at Fremantle Oval on Sunday.

Billings will also be interviewed this week by WAFL operations manager Cameron Knapton who has the power to cancel the player's registration if he has a third guilty finding this year.

Under the WAFL rules, a player's registration may be cancelled if he has "conducted himself in a manner unbecoming of a WAFL player or likely to prejudice the reputation or interests of the WAFC or bring the game of football into disrepute or if the player is found guilty at the WAFL Tribunal three times in one season".

Billings accepted reprimands for rough conduct after blocking Subiaco's Callum Sinclair off the ball in round six and tackling Matt Orzel, of Peel, in round 18.

There was no action taken in the other five cases though Billings may have been fortunate to escape a ban for a clash that left West Perth's Alex Elisseou with a broken jaw.

Tribunal chairman Trevor O'Sullivan dismissed the rough play charge because of insufficient evidence. He refused to accept evidence from a security guard and Perth assistant coach Rick Curtis who each claimed to have had an unimpeded view of the incident.

O'Sullivan said the presence of eight match-day umpires and several umpiring observers should have been sufficient to witness an incident 50m in front of the play.

The absence of any video also meant no action was taken against Billings after the season opener against Claremont when Jeremy McGovern was felled behind play.

And vision of the wrong incident was erroneously supplied to the WAFL match review panel when Billings was reported for rough conduct against Tigers midfielder Brad Nisbett in round 10.

The West Australian

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