GEELONG has been debating for a few weeks when to give Gary Ablett a rest, but AFL match review officer Michael Christian might just take the decision out of their hands.
Ablett’s right-arm jab to the jaw of Gold Coast’s Anthony Miles has been dissected at length since the two-time Brownlow Medal winner’s rush of blood in the Cats’ win at Metricon Stadium.
It continued an out-of-character run for the 35-year-old after he escaped suspension for much-debated high hits on Essendon’s Dylan Shiel and North Melbourne’s Sam Wright.
An umpire was standing nearby and paid a free kick against Ablett for his latest indiscretion but did not report him.
“It seems to get built up every week … obviously, I was a little bit clumsy there and I gave away a free kick,” Ablett said on Fox Footy.
“It was just undisciplined. Obviously, I’m disappointed with it, but it was just a free kick.”
Ablett will hope Christian’s assessment on Monday is that the impact had been too low to warrant a charge, with Miles able to continue the match apparently untroubled.
Former Cats teammate Jimmy Bartel was amazed that Ablett was once again under scrutiny.
“What are you doing Gary, why are you so angry,” Bartel told Macquarie Sports Radio.
“I know it’s not in his nature and I know him really well but he still punched (Miles) in the head.”
“They’ve stopped using the potential to cause serious injury and for some reason they’ve dropped that throughout the year.
“A couple of elbows to the head and a punch to the face, I know it’s not hard (contact) but it’s pretty hard to argue there isn’t potential to cause injury (by) being punched in the face.”
St Kilda will sweat on the availability of Ben Long (rough conduct) and Luke Dunstan (striking). They were reported during Sunday’s win over Carlton.
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