Written by AFL Online on 21st Jul 2008
St Kilda forward Justin Koschitzke has been offered a one match suspension for striking Hawthorn’s Michael Osborne in Saturday nights clash at the Telstra Dome.
The match review panel ruled the incident as reckless conduct, low impact and high contact, which is worth just 125 points. However Koschitzkes record meant that the number of points rose to 206.25 which would mean a two match ban if Koschitzke were to unsuccessfully contest the ruling.
If Koschitzke accepts the ruling he will have 154.69 points next to his name which will only see him miss the Saints round 17 game against West Coast who are currently sitting in 15th spot on the ladder, only percentage keeping them off the bottom.
Koschitzke was the only player facing suspension this week in what was a relatively quiet night for the match review panel. Koschitzkes team mates Aaron Fiora can accept a reprimand and 40 points to his name for striking Hawthorns Michael Osborne.
Essendon’s Jobe Watson and Sydney’s Jarrad McVeigh were both sighted for making negligent contact with an umpire and can accept a $1950 sanction with an early plea. A first offence for making negligent contact with an umpire is a $2600 sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to a $1950 sanction.