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Black's blue as Lions in dock

By Chris Lines 28/09/2004 08:53:14 PM Comments (0)

Simon Black may join Brisbane Lions team-mate Jonathan Brown in a delayed start to the 2005 season after receiving another striking charge on Tuesday as the AFL reacted to grand final violence.

Black, Brown and the retiring Lynch will all answer striking reports and face a total of 11 charges between them when they face the tribunal on Thursday.

Port Adelaide duo Josh Carr and Darryl Wakelin will also appear after being included in the slew of charges levelled after a video review of the game.

Black was reported on the day for striking Port Adelaide's Damien Hardwick, but an investigation also resulted in his being booked with striking his nemesis of the day in Kane Cornes.

Black had never previously been reported in a decorated career.

One man who will have no difficulty finding his way to Southbank for the hearing is Brown, predictably booked for both striking and wrestling Carr in a much-publicised clash.

It was the fourth report of the season for the fiery Lions forward and, if found guilty, he can expect a long delay to the start of his 2005 campaign.

Lynch will answer an extraordinary seven charges on the night and the club confirmed he would emerge from his embryonic retirement to appear.

However his retirement means the tribunal would be tempted to impose a fine as well as a suspension to ensure he paid a penalty for his wild punch-on with Wakelin.

Both players were reported on the day for wrestling, but Lynch received a further six charges - two for striking Wakelin, three for attempting to strike him and one for either striking or attempting to strike.

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