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Mixed news for Bulldogs at tribunal

By Guy Hand 28/02/2005 07:36:16 PM Comments (0)

Rohan Smith is facing suspension but Chris Grant was cleared in mixed news for the Western Bulldogs ahead of its Wizard Cup semi-final against Carlton on Saturday night.

Smith, who has not been suspended in his 256-game career, was cited on video evidence for striking St Kilda's Troy Schwarze in the Bulldogs' quarter-final win in Tasmania at the weekend.

If he makes an early guilty plea, he will miss two matches but faces a three-week ban if he fights the charge at the AFL Tribunal.

It is the first report for Smith, who made his AFL debut in 1992.

The Bulldogs have until 10am on Tuesday to decide whether the 31-year-old Smith will plead guilty and take the two-match ban, or take his chances at the tribunal.

"We'll work out probably later tonight whether we will contest that. We just need to gather a bit more information," Bulldogs coach Rodney Eade said.

"We're not too sure yet, we have to gather a bit more information, talk to Rohan a bit more, and maybe view the footage and see what we think."

But Grant was deemed to have no case to answer over an incident in which Saints defender Max Hudghton was carted off the field in a neck brace.

The AFL match review panel said the contact was "unavoidable and accidental".

"The panel felt Grant's attempt to mark was legitimate and he did nothing wrong in leaving the ground to mark," it said in a statement.

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