AFL 2018 season, MRP charges


HAWTHORN Hawks hot-headed defender James Sicily faces another style on the sidelines after being caught on the legs of North Melbourne player Shaun Atley.

AFL's Camp Review Officer Michael Christian charged Sicily with serious offense with the incident sent directly to the Tribunal.

This is now the second time Sicily has caught a Christian eye after he drove a week suspension to snatch Geelong skipper Joel Selwood in round 2.

The news he had been sent directly to the captured many fans on duty but when the vision was released it was difficult to defend Hawk.

AFL legend and Carlton premiership player Robert Walls was critical of Sicily and said he should clean his action.

"The kind of thing he did – just enter a player – there's no need. It's unnecessary," said Walls about AFL tonight.

"He loses respect as a football player among his peers, especially to do that sort of thing."

"I hope he can clean up his action, because he is also good at playing the stupid things in the road.

"He is a very talented player. He can play midfield or mid half-forward – he can play anywhere. But he has a short fuse, and too often he does the wrong one.

"You can see the reaction from the North Melbourne player – you do not expect an opponent to do such things," said Walls. 19659003] "You'd rather be tackled hard and bump hard, but you're not on any such."

Former North Melbourne now Port Adelaide player Lindsay Thomas was the other player sent directly to the tribunal after his hit at Scott Selwood, an event that former Geelong captain Cameron Ling called a dog action.

Christian classified it as careless behavior with a serious influence on his head.

"I should use the opportunity to emphasize that this was not graded as intentional," explained Christian.

"I think it's really important to understand that you are allowed according to the rules of the game that run past the ball if it is within five meters and performs a bump.

" It's part of the game but when you choose to do tha you have to perform the bump fairly.

"(Men) to say that a person has intentionally committed to commit a reportable offense when you are allowed to bump is a bridge way too long, therefore it was sorted careless. 19659003]" Normally it would have had a lot of influence, but with the potential to cause more serious damage we decided to upgrade it to seriously. "

Thomas has been sanctioned twice from the weekend and together with Geelong captain Joel Selwood is facing a one – Bans to bump each other. The bans are among a busy 12 charges from the weekend's game.

In other charges from weekend action, Brownlow Medal's favorite Tom Mitchell has ruled out a ban on Todd Goldstein.

Mitchell can accept a $ 1500 fine for elbowbow kangaroo ruckman Todd Goldstein.

Hawthorn defender Ryan Burton was cleared for his bump on the north star Shaun Higgins.

They accidentally hit heads and Higgins became the embarrassed as a result, but the decision not to suspend Burton also took ears of fans.

"Contact was made from Burton's shoulder to Higgin's breast," said Christian.

"I think it's really important to understand that he took reasonable care to do the bump fairly."

"He could not reasonably predict that there would be an unfortunate collision between the heads."

"It was unfortunate for Higgins, but I just want to emphasize that when we consider events, we look first and foremost. "

– with AAP



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