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Jeff Farmer facing four-match ban

By Roger Vaughan 05/03/2007 08:21:15 PM Comments (0)

Jeff Farmer's poor AFL tribunal record means he risks a six-game suspension on Tuesday night when he contests a misconduct charge for eye-gouging.

The Fremantle forward could only reduce the penalty to four matches with an early plea.

Television cameras caught an incident in the fourth quarter of Sunday's NAB Cup quarter-final where Farmer was standing over Pratt.

Farmer's hand was near Pratt's face and the `Roo suddenly reacted violently, holding his left eye.

No report was made on the day, but the match review panel regarded it as intentional conduct.

Farmer received two one-match bans last year for striking and they increased the ban from four to five matches.

His carry-over points from last season also increased the suspension by another game.

Farmer is second among current players for the most tribunal charges - now 14, behind only Kangaroos veteran Glenn Archer on 17.

The Docker was among seven players to receive penalties from the panel, meaning a busy session on Tuesday night for the tribunal.

Fellow Docker Michael Johnson and Geelong forward Mathew Stokes were the first victims of the league's crackdown regarding front-on contact.

The panel handed them four-match suspensions for "bumping or making forceful contact from front on", reduced to three with early pleas.

Johnson will contest the classification of his offence, while the Cats are yet to decide whether to take Stokes' case to the tribunal.

Johnson was booked for an incident involving Kangaroos youngster Lachlan Hansen, while Stokes made contact with Port Adelaide's Domenic Cassisi during the Saturday night deluge in Darwin.

New Docker Dean Solomon accepted his reprimand for striking Kangaroos onballer Brent Harvey.

Sydney is yet to decide whether to accept Nic Fosdike's one-game suspension for striking Richmond's Matthew White, or risk a two-match ban at the tribunal.

Port Adelaide utility Nathan Lonie can accept a reprimand for striking Geelong's Andrew Mackie, while Western Bulldogs on baller Daniel Cross faces a $2400 fine for making contact with field umpire Ray Chamberlain.

The panel threw out a striking charge against Brisbane ruck-forward Jamie Charman.

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