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Pickett to front new AFL tribunal

21/02/2005 08:18:34 PM Comments (0)

Tough Port Adelaide utility Byron Pickett will have the dubious honour of being the first player to front the new-look AFL tribunal.

Pickett was given no option of accepting a penalty and was sent to Tuesday night's hearing, while Carlton midfielder Scott Camporeale will accept his one-match striking ban.

Port will also announce on Tuesday morning whether Pickett's team-mate Brett Montgomery will take his one-match penalty, also for striking.

Hawthorn midfielder Sam Mitchell has the same decision to make.

The newly-created match review panel had a busy first session, going through video footage of reports and incidents after round one of the Wizard Cup.

"There's no such thing as a soft start - we've had four reports and three or four incidents being looked at....plenty on their plates straightaway," said AFL operations manager Adrian Anderson.

"I'm looking forward to it....we're ready to give it a role and long-term it's definitely going to be for the betterment of footy."

Pickett, last year's Norm Smith Medallist, will answer a charge of engaging in rough conduct against Adelaide's James Begley during last night's match at AAMI Stadium.

Mitchell was charged with striking St Kilda onballer Luke Ball and Camporeale was booked for striking Essendon defender Andrew Welsh.

All those charges were laid during the games, while Montgomery was charged on video evidence for striking Crow Brett Burton.

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