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Nick Maxwell to sit out for two matches – Match Review Panel Report Round 22

Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell has been offered a two-match ban by the AFL Match Review Panel for engaging in rough conduct with Hawthorn’s Paul Puopolo during Friday Night’s First Qualifying Final. The charge was graded as a level three offence which equates to 325 demerit points and a three match ban, but Maxwell can accept [...]

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Lewis gets off and Dees duo get reprimand – Match Review Panel Report Round 22

Hawthorn hardman Jordan Lewis doesn’t have a case to answer after being cleared by the AFL’s Match Review Panel for a heavy tackle on Sydney Swan Luke Parker during the first quarter of the Hawks seven-point win at the SCG on Saturday Afternoon. The Match Review Panel declared that the tackle was not a reportable [...]

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Selwood brotherly love turns sour – Match Review Panel Report Round 20

Geelong captain Joel Selwood has been offered a reprimand and 84 demerit points for pushing brother and West Coast player Adam during the first quarter of the Eagles victory over the Cats at Patersons Stadium on Friday Night. The Match Review Panel deemed it a level one misconduct charge for making unnecessary or unreasonable contact with [...]

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Scott Thompson escapes conviction – Match Review Panel Round 18 2012

Adelaide’s midfield superstar Scott Thompson remains in contention for the AFL’s most prestigious award, the Brownlow Medal, after his high bump on Geelong’s Steve Johnson was cleared of being malicious. Geelong were forced to sub Johnson out of the match after he was bumped by Thompson in the first few seconds of the Cats’ 27 [...]

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Howe leaps straight to the Tribunal – Match Review Panel Round 17 2012

Melbourne high-flyer Jeremy Howe will face the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night after the Match Review Panel bypassed his case. Howe alledgedly wiped blood from his knee on Port Adelaide defender Tom Jonas’ shorts during the third quarter of Saturday Night’s match in Darwin, which the Demons lost by 28 points. He was charged with [...]

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Merrett escapes while Judd and Ziebell take a hit at the AFL Tribunal

Carlton’s Chris Judd and North Melbourne’s Jack Ziebell have been suspended by the AFL Tribunal. Judd was hit with a four week ban for causing intentional misconduct against Kangaroo Leigh Adams. The Blues skipper insisted that he did not intend to hurt Adams, however the Tribunal jury disagreed. Judd was hit with a penalty of [...]

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Chris Judd to face the tribunal

Carlton captain Chris Judd is headed directly to the tribunal after Match Review Panel chairman Mark Fraser said his behaviour was both unsportsmanlike and a bad reflection on the game. Judd has been accused of a “chicken-wing” tackle on the Kangaroos Leigh Adams in the first term, pulling the Roo’s arm up behind his back [...]

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Reviewing the match review panel

The AFL’s match review panel has always been contentious among the AFL community. After introducing the point-based system in 2005 to establish a consistency amongst findings, the panel has only succeeded in consistently producing inconsistency. Match review panel decisions will always bear some levels of controversy, though the means exist to minimise the fluctuation prevalent [...]

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Match Review Panel – Staging Takes Centre Stage

Essendon’s Leroy Jetta has become the first player to be cited by the Match Review Panel for staging after diving in an attempt to draw a free-kick on Saturday night. After kicking a goal in the second quarter, Jetta milked a small amount of contact and the incident was subsequently looked at. He went to [...]

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Walker Takes Two-Day Ban

Key Adelaide forward and Coleman Medal leader Taylor Walker will miss the next two rounds after pleading guilty to a rough conduct charge. Had Walker fought the charge in front of the tribunal and failed, he may have copped a three-match ban. Taylor Walker was cited for a sling tackle on Geelong’s Harry Taylor. So [...]

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