Richards banned for two games

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport -

WAN­GARATTA ris­ing star Nick Richards has been un­suc­cess­ful in his at­tempt to have a two-week ban for strik­ing over­turned.

Richards chose to fight his charge of strik­ing Wodonga Raiders’ Jor­dan Rouse at the O&M tri­bunal on Wed­nes­day night but the panel found him guilty af­ter a two-hour hear­ing.

The premier­ship Mag­pie pleaded not guilty to the charge, say­ing he re­mon­strated with Rouse but de­nied strik­ing him with a fist.

Richards said he be­came in­volved in the melee af­ter see­ing his brother Joe taken out so he ran in to re­mon­strate with Rouse.

But of­fi­ci­at­ing um­pire Adam Larkins, who booked Richards, said he had a clear view of the in­ci­dent and saw the Mag­pie lean in and strike Rouse.

Richards’ ad­vo­cate Felix Gamze called skip­per Michael New­ton as a wit­ness while coach Dean Stone also at­tended in sup­port of his young star.

It is the first time Richards has ever been sus­pended in over 150 matches through a stel­lar ju­nior and se­nior ca­reer.

He will now miss tomorrow’s cru­cial clash with Al­bury as well as next round’s po­ten­tial eight-point hit-out against Yar­ra­wonga.

SUS­PENDED: Nick Richards.

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