Swans lose two stars to ban

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Syd­ney will face Port Ade­laide with­out star for­wards Lance Franklin and Kurt Tip­pett af­ter the pair ac­cepted one-match bans of­fered by the AFL match re­view panel.

Swans coach John Long­mire ad­dressed the media at a sched­uled press con­fer­ence min­utes af­ter the MRP find­ings were an­nounced and con­firmed both play­ers would ac­cept the sanc­tions of­fered yesterday.

Franklin was charged with rough con­duct for his hip and shoul­der on Rich­mond’s Shane Ed­wards in the sec­ond quar­ter of Fri­day night’s clash at the SCG.

The MRP as­sessed the in­ci­dent as care­less con­duct with medium im­pact to the head, with the of­fence clas­si­fied as a two-match ban that could be re­duced to one with an early plea.

Tip­pett went into the um­pire’s book for strik­ing soon af­ter the half-time break for his mis­guided at­tempt at a spoil that caught Tiger Dy­lan Grimes in the head.

He also risked a two-match ban if he took his case to the tri­bunal af­ter the MRP as­sessed the inci- dent as care­less con­duct and medium im­pact to the head.

The in­ci­dents com­pounded the Swans’ mis­ery on a night when they gave up a 32-point lead to lose by three goals.

In bet­ter news for Syd­ney, dual Brown­low medal­list Adam Goodes is in the clear af­ter he made con­tact with Tay­lor Hunt’s groin, with the MRP de­ter­min­ing no fur­ther ac­tion was re­quired.

Rich­mond’s Nathan Gor­don also es­caped sanc­tion af­ter the MRP as­sessed his high con­tact against Kieren Jack didn’t have suf­fi­cient force to con­sti­tute a re­port.

Bris­bane ruck­man Ste­fan Martin wasn’t so lucky, with the MRP tak­ing a dim view of his el­bow to the throat of Ade­laide de­fender Luke Brown.

It was as­sessed as in­ten­tional con­duct with medium im­pact to the head/neck that re­sulted in a three-match ban that can be re­duced to two with an early plea.

Gold Coast’s An­drew Raines can ac­cept a $1000 fine for strik­ing Carl­ton young­ster Pa­trick Cripps. AAP

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