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Carr gets two-match ban in testy hearing

12/03/2003 09:38:25 PM Comments (0)

The ill-feeling in Saturday's Fremantle-Port Adelaide practice match continued in Melbourne on Wednesday night at the AFL tribunal as Power tagger Josh Carr received a two-match ban.

Strong testimony marked the hearing, where Carr was found guilty of striking Dockers captain Peter Bell.

Carr alleged in his evidence that Bell had head-butted him immediately after the incident.

Bell and team-mate Troy Cook alleged Carr had hit the Dockers skipper, causing cuts to his ear and skull which forced Bell from the field.

Carr and team-mate Nick Stevens vehemently denied the charge, saying the Power player had only pushed Bell with an open hand and had not made contact to the head.

"I felt a hefty hit to the back left side of my head, I weakened in the legs and at the same time I immediately looked to my left and saw Josh Carr back-pedalling away," Bell said in a statement to investigations officer Rick Lewis.

"I felt blood trickling down my neck, then Cooky went to Carr and said 'you dirty c***' or words similar.

"I then said to the umpire 'surely you saw that?'

"I told Carr he was a weak c*** and that if he wanted to hit someone then why doesn't he do it whilst they are looking at him - or words to that effect."

Carr countered by referring to Bell's headbutt, which he said happened while Bell remonstrated with him following their clash.

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