GWS ruckman Shane Mumford is free to renew his AFL profession in Spherical three after the AFL tribunal fined him $3000 for a downgraded putting cost.
Mumford was supplied a one-match ban after he was charged with deliberately putting Sydney’s George Hewett throughout a observe match at Blacktown Oval on Friday.
However at Wednesday evening’s tribunal listening to at AFL Home, GWS authorized counsel Adrian Anderson efficiently argued the blow was careless, which dropped the penalty again to a positive.
Mumford will miss the primary two rounds of the season as he serves a club-imposed suspension utilized after video surfaced of him snorting a white substance, allegedly again in 2015.
“Clearly it was good that we received a good listening to and the jury discovered that it wasn’t my intention to strike George,” Mumford informed reporters exterior the tribunal listening to.
“I’m hoping I don’t find yourself right here once more for the remainder of the season, for certain.
“I used to be extraordinarily flat figuring out I used to be going to overlook the third spherical … it was fairly devastating so to get the end result we did was nice.”
Mumford informed the listening to he had been making an attempt to push Hewett off him after the Swan grabbed him across the neck throughout a ruck contest.
Controlling umpire Leigh Fisher mentioned that he would have paid a free kick to Mumford had he seen the preliminary contact made by Hewett.
He as a substitute paid a free kick towards Mumford however didn’t report him on the spot as a result of he felt the blow wasn’t forceful sufficient.
The jury comprising of Michael Jamison, Jason Johnson and Richard Loveridge took simply 10 minutes to search out him responsible of a lesser cost after an hour-long listening to.
Mumford was compelled into retirement on the finish of the 2017 season by a continual foot damage however has resumed his profession with the Giants after the situation improved with time away from the sport.