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 a misconduct offence by the MRP but the tribunal panel will decide the punishment.
The only similar case in recent times was back in 2002, when then-Collingwood captain Nathan Buckley wiped blood from his forehead on Geelong hard man Cameron Ling’s guernsey.
In other cases, Geelong fullback Matthew Scarlett has been charged with a level-two triking offence against Essendon youngster Corey Dell’Olio during the fourth quarter of Friday Night’s match at Etihad Stadium. Due to a previous poor record, Scarlett has received a one-match penalty, and this cannot be reduced with an early-plea.
Seven North Melbourne and 11 Richmond players can accept fines for their involvement in a melee during the first quarter of Sunday’s match at the MCG.
Richmond’s Shane Tuck, Alex Rance, Dustin Martin and Luke McGuane and North Melbourne’s Michael Firrito and Jamie MacMillan can accept $2100 fines for a second offence for enganging in a melee.
Matt Dea, Jayden Post, Chris Newman, Reece Conca, Steven Morris, Brendan Ellis, Kelvin Moore, Drew Petrie, Robbie Tarrant, Lindsay Thomas, Sam Wright and Daniel Wells can accept $1200 fines for a first offence engaging in a melee.
Richmond’s Brett Deledio has also been offered a $1950 first offence fine for using absuive, threatening or obscene language during the second quarter of the match on Sunday.
Other incidents assessed were contact between Eagles’ Beau Waters and Adelaide’s Kurt Tippett, contact between Carlton’s Paul Bower and Bulldog Christian Howard and contact between Swan Ben McGlynn and St Kilda’s Brendan Goddard, however these were dismissed.