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Tribunal hands Tarrant one-match ban

By Roger Vaughan 02/08/2005 09:04:27 PM Comments (0)

Collingwood forward Chris Tarrant had several wins at the AFL tribunal - except on the point that mattered most.

The three-man jury still found him guilty of striking Fremantle utility Matthew Carr and Tarrant will miss one match.

But it was a much better result than feared on Monday after the match review panel cited the full-forward.

The panel classified the offence at level four and, combined with a prior two-match suspension, Tarrant would have been out for three games if he pleaded guilty and five if he fought the charge and lost.

After finding him guilty in a two-hour hearing, the jury downgraded the charge from level four to level one so he escaped with the one match, this weekend's meeting with the Kangaroos.

Collingwood was still unhappy he was found guilty and could appeal, although football managed Neil Balme said that was unlikely.

The 'Pies will have until 10am Wednesday to decide on an appeal.

"An interesting night.....we believed he wasn't guilty, that's why we fought it....we won most of the points and still finished up with a week," Balme said.

"In some ways we are a bit disappointed.

"Last time I said we wouldn't appeal (a tribunal verdict) and we did - I shouldn't think we would appeal, but again, we'll have a night's sleep and have a bit of a think about it and see where we are."

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