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Probe into Sandilands case in AFL

By Guy Hand 08/05/2006 07:42:35 PM Comments (0)

The AFL's match review panel is investigating West Coast's Mark Seaby over an incident which left giant Fremantle ruckman Aaron Sandilands with a broken jaw at the weekend.

Seaby has been interviewed by an AFL investigations officer over how Sandilands staggered off Subiaco Oval with a fractured jaw soon after being caught holding the ball by his West Coast ruck opponent.

The AFL said it had not yet completed an investigation into Sandilands' injury during the Dockers' five-point win, with a decision on whether Seaby will face any penalty expected on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Geelong is likely to contest a one-match ban for ruck-forward Cameron Mooney at the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night.

Mooney was offered a one-match suspension by the match review panel for misconduct over what appeared a headbutt on Melbourne's Ben Holland during the Cats' six-point loss to the Demons last Friday night.

He has until Tuesday morning to decide whether to contest the charge at the tribunal.

But because the suspension cannot be reduced with an early plea due to Mooney's long list of prior tribunal appearances, the Cats are likely to try their luck at the judiciary.

The struggling Cats are desperate for Mooney's services in their must-win AFL clash with St Kilda on Friday night, with doubts remaining over whether skipper Steven King will be fit enough to return from a hamstring problem.

If King doesn't come up and Mooney is suspended, the Cats would have few tall options against the Saints.

But Essendon's Dustin Fletcher, Brisbane's Jason Akermanis and Hawthorn's Jordan Lewis will all be free to play this weekend.

Fletcher has been offered a reprimand if he pleads guilty to an attempted trip on Richmond's Andrew Krakouer, which he is likely to do.

Akermanis and teammate Chris Johnson, who were both reported for striking by umpires during Sunday's loss to Sydney, were cleared by the match review panel.

The panel said Akermanis pushed his forearm into the neck region of Sydney's Jared Crouch, but it was not deemed a striking action and no further action will be taken.

Johnson, who is already sidelined for several weeks with a groin injury, was found not to have struck Sydney's Tadhg Kennelly.

Hawthorn said it would accept a reprimand for Lewis, who has taken an early guilty plea over striking Kangaroos midfielder Daniel Harris during Sunday's match.

Others to escape the wrath of the panel were Western Bulldogs duo Daniel Giansiracusa and Brett Montgomery.

Giansiracusa's hip and shoulder on St Kilda's Justin Koschitzke, which left the Saints big man in hospital with a fractured skull, was deemed a legal bump.

The panel also reviewed Port Adelaide utility Chad Cornes hurling Adelaide opponent Nathan Bassett into an advertising hoarding and found the contact was not a reportable offence.

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