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Carr, Headland to contest charges

By Roger Vaughan 25/07/2006 06:11:27 AM Comments (0)

Fremantle players Josh Carr and Des Headland will contest their striking charges on Tuesday night at the AFL tribunal.

Carr and Headland could have accepted two-match bans with early pleas and they now risk three-game suspensions if the tribunal upholds their charges.

Earlier, the AFL match review panel handed out three suspensions and $13,200 in fines on Fremantle and Melbourne after the fiery match at Subiaco.

The melee just after the half-time siren was the focus of the panel's attention, with Carr receiving his striking ban and seven players fined $12,300 for their roles in the incident.

Altogether, the panel handed out 13 charges to 12 players after reviewing round 16.

Adelaide onballer Simon Goodwin remains eligible for the Brownlow Medal, despite his tripping charge.

Goodwin stays a Brownlow favourite because his original offence was rated as worth less than one game's suspension.

Had the rating been 100 points or more, Goodwin would need to beat the charge at the tribunal to stay in the Brownlow market.

But Carr. Headland and Melbourne's Brad Green face suspensions after the incident-packed Subiaco game.

Carr was booked for striking Carroll and Headland was charged with striking Simon Godfrey at the first bounce.

The Demons are likely to accept Green's one-game ban for headbutting Ryan Crowley during the second term, particularly as the original penalty was three matches before the early plea.

Fremantle announced earlier that Matthew Carr ($2400), Headland ($2400) and Ryan Murphy ($1500) had accepted their melee fines.

The panel also fined Melbourne players Matthew Whelan, Carroll, Paul Wheatley and Daniel Ward $1500 apiece for their roles in the melee.

Capping off the penalties from the match, the panel fined Melbourne forward Adem Yze $900 for umpire abuse.

Meanwhile, Goodwin admitted he needed to be more careful after he was charged with tripping Kangaroos onballer Daniel Wells.

Goodwin was also suspended for tripping two seasons ago.

"It's an area of my game, it's a reflex action that is poor and I have got to correct that, otherwise it could cost me at some stage," he said.

The incident was rated a level-one trip, worth 75 points, but that goes down to 56.25 with the early plea.

As if Daniel Motlop had not suffered enough, the panel also handed him a reprimand for striking St Kilda's Andrew McQualter.

Motlop, who missed the match-winning goal after the siren at Launceston, will have his penalty reduced from two games to the reprimand with an early plea.

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