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Koschitzke lands three AFL charges

By Sam Lienert 08/08/2005 08:00:07 PM Comments (0)

St Kilda AFL star Justin Koschitzke faces a striking suspension and two separate fines for contact with umpires after having three charges laid against him.

Four other players - Fremantle's Des Headland, Port Adelaide's Byron Pickett, Brisbane's Jamie Charman and Essendon's Aaron Henneman - were also handed suspensions by the AFL's match review panel.

Headland was charged on two counts - rough conduct, for crashing into Richmond's Mark Coughlan, and striking Wayne Campbell - which will result in a combined two-match ban if he submits an early guilty plea to both charges.

Henneman can accept a two-match ban for striking Sydney's Adam Schneider.

Koschitzke, Lions' ruckman Charman and Port hardman Byron Pickett were all hurt by their previous records when it came to determining their penalties.

All three players are in line for one-match bans if they offer early guilty pleas, Koschitzke to striking Geelong's Joel Corey, Charman to striking Hawthorn's Danny Jacobs and Pickett to engaging in rough conduct against Carlton's Simon Wiggins.

But all three would have escaped with reprimands had they not had prior offences on their records.

Charman and Pickett both had two previous suspensions taken into account, and Koschitzke one.

The level at which prior offences increase penalties has been a focus of debate in recent weeks.

Match review chairman Peter Schwab recently noted in a leaked memo to clubs that "the system is harsh on prior offenders".

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