Opinions are set to be divided after West Coast defender Jeremy McGovern was slapped with a one-match AFL ban for his shove on Essendon’s Matt Guelfi.
Guelfi cannoned right into a plastic chair after which head-first into the fence after being shoved by McGovern close to the boundary line throughout Thursday evening’s 35-point loss to West Coast.
The younger Bomber was taken to hospital for scans on his ribs, however was later cleared of any structural injury and flew again to Melbourne on Friday.
It’s believed Guelfi additionally suffered a suspected concussion from the incident.
AFL match evaluation officer Michael Christian graded the incident as careless conduct, medium influence, and excessive contact, drawing a one-match ban.
West Coast have till Tuesday to resolve whether or not they’ll enchantment.
If the Eagles can efficiently argue that McGovern’s actions had been authorized, or that the medium influence grading must be decreased to low, then the star defender can escape with a nice.
The presence of the safety guard sitting on the plastic chair difficult issues.
West Coast would possibly argue that if the plastic chair wasn’t there, then Guelfi’s accidents wouldn’t have been as critical.
Nevertheless, the counter argument is participant has an obligation of look after his opponent’s security when making contact so near the boundary fence.
If the one-match ban stands, McGovern will miss subsequent week’s conflict with Hawthorn on the MCG.
Essendon obtained a triple dose of excellent information after three of their gamers escaped suspension.
Ruckman Tom Bellchambers was slapped with a $3000 nice for his excessive bump on Luke Shuey.
Christian assessed the incident as careless conduct, low influence, and excessive contact.
Mason Redman copped a $2000 sanction for kicking Oscar Allen with a again heel.
And Dylan Clarke was fined $1000 for pushing a participant into the trail of an umpire.