Cats take ad­vice on Dan­ger ban

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LAUREN WOOD

GEE­LONG was last night weigh­ing up le­gal ad­vice on a pos­si­ble tri­bunal ap­peal against the ban that has knocked Pa­trick Danger­field out of con­tention for con­sec­u­tive Brown­low medals.

The Gee­long su­per­star was yes­ter­day charged with rough con­duct and hit with a twom­atch sus­pen­sion – re­duced to one week with a guilty plea – for his heavy tackle that left Carl­ton ruck Matthew Kreuzer con­cussed and out of the game.

Danger­field faces a twoweek stint on the side­lines just a month out from fi­nals should he elect to ap­peal at tonight’s AFL tri­bunal and fail. The Cats have un­til 11am to­day to de­cide whether to roll the dice.

The match review panel deemed the Danger­field ( pic­tured) tackle to be care­less, medium im­pact and to the head.

A med­i­cal re­port from the Blues was con­sid­ered by the panel – for­mer play­ers Ja­son Johnson, Nathan Burke and Michael Jami­son.

Gee­long en­gaged a Queen’s Coun­sel to as­sess the like­li­hood an ap­peal would suc­ceed.

“We are await­ing ad­vice be­fore de­cid­ing whether to chal­lenge at the tri­bunal,” a Cats spokesman said last night.

Ex- Gee­long cap­tain An­drew Bews lashed the de­ci­sion.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to the @ AFL nanny state comp of the year,” he wrote on Twit­ter. “MRP a com­plete farce.” In chal­leng­ing, Danger­field would risk a two- week sus­pen­sion that would see him side­lined not only for this Fri­day night’s clash with Syd­ney, but the team’s Round 21 block­buster against Rich­mond.

The Gee­long su­per­star last night con­ceded the sit­u­a­tion “is not ideal”.

“At the end of the day, we’ll make a de­ci­sion that’s best for the team – not the in­di­vid­ual – and what’s best for the rest of our sea­son,” he said.

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