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Judd, Ricciuto, Archer cleared by AFL

By Sam Lienert 11/07/2005 07:11:18 PM Comments (0)

Three of the AFL's biggest stars - Chris Judd, Mark Ricciuto and Glenn Archer - were cleared of striking by the league's match review panel.

Brownlow medallists Judd and Ricciuto both had incidents scrutinised by the panel, but escaped report, while Archer had a striking report that was made on Friday night dismissed.

A frustrated Judd appeared to land a soft punch to the stomach of Kangaroos tagger Brady Rawling at Telstra Dome in the final quarter on Friday night.

The panel viewed the contact as "inconclusive" and took no action.

Similarly, apparent contact between the elbow of Ricciuto and the face of Hawthorn's Luke Hodge in the third quarter of Sunday's match at Launceston was not deemed worthy of report.

"While high contact was made, it was viewed as a legitimate attempt to shepherd," the panel said.

And Archer, who was reported for striking West Coast's Daniel Chick in the third quarter of Friday night's match, also won a reprieve.

"It was the view of the panel that while Archer threw his arm back, the contact made to Chick was unclear and was considered minimal," the panel said.

Three other players - Essendon's Paul Thomas (tripping) and Andrew Welsh (striking) and Western Bulldogs star Scott West (wrestling) - also had match-day charges dismissed.

But contact between Melbourne's Nathan Brown and Port Adelaide's Domenic Cassisi and the Port Adelaide club medical officer, in the second quarter of Saturday's match in Adelaide has been referred for further investigation.

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