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Buddy, Bartel in the clear

Buddy, Bartel in the clear
Jul
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Written by AFL Online on 13th Jul 2009

The match day reports of Lance Franklin and Jimmy Bartel, two of the biggest names in football, were thrown out by the Match Review Panel today. However the teammate of Franklin, Jordan Lewis wasn’t so lucky and faces a one match ban for striking North Melbournes Michael Firrito.

The incident involving Lewis was assessed as intentional conduct (three points), low impact (one point) and body contact (one point). This is a total of five activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level Two offence, drawing 125 demerit points and a one-match sanction. He has an existing bad record of three matches suspended within the last three years, increasing the penalty by 30 per cent to 162.50 points. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to 121.88 points and a one-match sanction.

This means should Lewis contest the ban he only faces extra demerit points and can not be banned for any longer than one week.

The match day report laid against the Geelong Cats’ Jimmy Bartel for engaging in rough conduct against the Brisbane Lions’ Luke Power from Saturday’s game was assessed. It was the panel’s view that impact was below that required to sustain the report. No further action was taken.

The match day report laid against Hawthorn’s Lance Franklin for engaging in rough conduct against North Melbourne’s Drew Petrie from Sunday’s game was assessed. The panel said that Franklin’s action was not considered unreasonable in the circumstances as the impact was below that required to sustain the report. No further action was taken.

James Sellar of Adelaide has been charged with a first offence for making negligent contact with an umpire, he can accept a $1950 fine with an early plea.