FOUR players have copped AFL suspensions from Round 9 but GWS ruckman Shane Mumford isn’t one of them, having escaped sanction for the collision that left Carlton opponent Marc Murphy in hospital with a rib injury.
Match reviewer Michael Christian ruled that Mumford’s role in the collision during Sunday night’s game in Sydney was not unreasonable.
Murphy flew back to Melbourne on Monday and Carlton are yet to confirm whether he has fractured ribs.
Christian handed down one-game bans to Collingwood’s Travis Varcoe, Richmond’s Ivan Soldo and Brisbane’s Rhys Mathieson, having already applied the same sanction to West Coast’s Lewis Jetta in the review of Friday night’s game.
The Eagles have accepted Jetta’s suspension but the other clubs have until Tuesday morning to decide whether to head to the tribunal.
Christian also referred Dale Thomas directly to Tuesday night’s tribunal for umpire abuse after the Blues veteran reportedly called boundary umpire Michael Barlow a “cheat”.
“I can’t be specific except to say it was serious enough to be sent straight to the tribunal,” Christian told reporters.
Murphy was on hands and knees handballing out of a pack when the 105kg Mumford cannoned into him from the side.
Christian said Murphy had been effectively wedged between Mumford and GWS teammate Josh Kelly.
“Certainly (there was) lots of discussion around the technique,” Christian said.
“We felt it was not unreasonable under the circumstances.”
Soldo’s suspension for striking Hawthorn midfielder James Worpel leaves Richmond again facing a ruck crisis.
The 23-year-old was brought into the Tigers’ lineup to replace injured No.1 ruckman Toby Nankervis.
Collingwood forward Varcoe was charged with front-on contact against St Kilda opponent Ed Phillips, having also made friendly-fire contact with Phillips’ brother Tom.
Mathieson’s one-game suspension for striking Adelaide’s Jordan Gallucci appears the most straightforward given Gallucci’s back was turned when he was struck.
Sydney star Luke Parker escaped with a $2000 fine for striking North Melbourne captain Jack Ziebell and Kangaroos defender Marley Williams faces the same sanction for striking Luke Papley.
Richmond key forward Tom Lynch and Carlton young gun Patrick Cripps were offered $1500 striking fines and GWS onballer Tim Taranto was fined $1000 for misconduct against Cripps.
A match-day report against Port Adelaide onballer Tom Rockliff for tripping Gold Coast opponent Anthony Miles was thrown out because of insufficient force.
West Coast opted not to challenge Jetta’s rough conduct suspension for a challenge which concussed Melbourne forward Tim Smith.
Teammate Elliot Yeo accepted a $1000 fine for misconduct against James Harmes.
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