Carlton weighing options on Gibbs
CARLTON was last night weighing up whether to appeal Bryce Gibbs’ three-week suspension that has some in the football world up in arms.
Gibbs was yesterday charged by the match review panel with rough conduct for his driving tackle on Port Adelaide star Robbie Gray at the MCG on Saturday.
The incident was assessed as careless conduct with high impact to the head. The Blues’ reigning best and fairest can accept a two-week ban with an early guilty plea.
Gibbs pinned Gray’s arms to his body, slamming the Power playmaker’s head into the ground during the second quarter of Carlton’s shock win.
Gray was stretchered from the ground and subbed out shortly after despite passing concussion tests in the rooms.
A Carlton spokesman said: “The club is considering our options tonight. There won’t be a decision either way.”
But Gibbs’ suspension has shocked many, with Wayne Carey calling it “terrible”.
Carlton is likely to use Port Adelaide’s medical report in the event of an appeal, with Power doctors giving Gray the all-clear to keep playing.
Coach Ken Hinkley said the club had instead favoured a cautious approach.
“He was actually right to come back on. The doctors did the concussion test on him at half-time. He passed that,” Hinkley said after the game.