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Scarlett and Hargrave face AFL bans

10/04/2006 06:35:06 PM Comments (0)

Geelong full-back Matthew Scarlett faces a two-game AFL suspension for striking Kangaroos defender Leigh Harding.

The match review panel also handed Western Bulldogs backman Ryan Hargrave a two-game AFL suspension for striking Melbourne midfielder James McDonald.

The panel rated Scarlett's incident a level-four offence, but his lack of a record means an early ban will take one match off his three-game suspension.

A prior record means Hargrave cannot reduce his level-three offence with an early plea.

Fremantle small forward Paul Medhurst was also charged with a level-three offence for engaging in rough conduct with Carlton's Ryan Houlihan.

But Medhurst can accept a one-game suspension with an early plea.

The same will apply to Essendon ruckman David Hille, with the Bombers already confirming he will accept his one-match penalty for striking Brisbane newcomer Mitchell Clark.

The panel also handed $900 wrestling fines to Geelong captain Steven King and team-mate Will Slade.

Melbourne utility Matthew Whelan escaped a striking charge, while the panel also withdrew an attempted tripping charge against West Coast forward Quinten Lynch.

Fremantle onballer Josh Carr was cleared of making contact with field umpire Martin Ellis and no action was taken over an incident involving Carlton youngster Marc Murphy because of a lack of evidence.

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