Swans lose two stars to ban
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