SYDNEY star Lance Franklin has escaped with a fine but one of his teammates could miss this Friday night’s clash with Essendon.
Franklin has been offered a $1000 fine for his high bump on Tiger Connor Menadue, but fellow Swan Zak Jones wasn’t so lucky.
Jones has been offered a one-match penalty for striking Richmond’s Dan Butler.
Sun Matt Rosa can also accept a one-match ban for his swinging arm on Blue Dale Thomas, while Thomas was cleared for his contact on Adam Saad.
It was the panel’s view that “Thomas over-ran the ball, did not elect to bump and the incident was not reportable in the circumstances”.
Geelong skipper Joel Selwood was cited for collecting West Coast midfielder Sam Mitchell high, with Mitchell also looked at by the panel for retaliating with a swinging arm and dragging the Cat to the ground around his neck.
Mitchell’s teammate Luke Shuey was cited for his front-on bump on Brownlow medallist Patrick Dangerfield, which caught the Cats star high, but escaped with a $1000 fine.
Former St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt appeared to hit Roo Scott Thompson in the back in an apparent retaliation for a hit to the ribs and has been offered a $1000 fine for striking.
Dog Jake Stringer and Demon Neville Jetta were also hit with fines of $1500 and $1000 respectively for wrestling with one another.
Tiger Alex Rance was cleared for his interaction with Franklin with the panel determining that “any exaggeration of contact was not excessive”.
Jack Riewoldt was also assessed for contact on Swan Luke Parker, with the panel saying there was insufficient force to warrant a charge.
North Melbourne veteran Lindsay Thomas was offered a one-match penalty by the VFL match review panel for his hit on Blue Rhys Palmer in the state league.
The midfielder immediately accepted the penalty — which had been upgraded to two matches down to one with an early guilty plea due to Thomas’ bad record — with the incident ruled as careless, low impact and high contact.
Thomas was making his return to the VFL after serving a three-match, five-week penalty for a crude bump.
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