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Fevola case sent to AFL tribunal

By John Salvado 26/04/2005 06:48:59 PM Comments (0)

Carlton spearhead Brendan Fevola's mediocre start to the AFL home and away season could become much worse on Wednesday night.

Fevola was cited by the match review panel for making unreasonable and unnecessary contact with the face of Fremantle defender Antoni Grover.

The matter was referred straight to the tribunal, ruling out the option of the 24-year-old taking an early guilty plea.

Blues teammate Heath Scotland was banned for two weeks for a similar incident a fortnight ago and Fevola suggested at the time that the midfielder was lucky to escape a bigger punishment.

The tribunal could decide to suspend Fevola for a longer period.

The incident left Grover bleeding after the Carlton player placed his hand on the Docker's face.

The level three offence was assessed as reckless conduct (two points), low impact (one point), behind play (two points) and high contact (two points).

Fevola and Grover have already been fined $900 apiece for wrestling during the same incident in the match at Subiaco on Saturday, which the Dockers won by 19 points.

Fevola combined with rejuvenated centre half-forward Lance Whitnall to spur the Blues to victory in the pre-season Wizard Cup competition, but the pickings have been much slimmer since the premiership season started.

Fevola has kicked just 12 goals in five matches, with the Blues back in 12th place on the ladder with one win and a draw.

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