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Rioli to be back before tribunal

16/06/2003 06:48:31 PM Comments (0)

Essendon star Dean Rioli has yet another date with the AFL tribunal after he was charged with striking Kangaroo Adam Simpson in a video review.

Rioli was booked by umpire Martin Ellis for striking Simpson in the third quarter of last Friday night's game at Telstra Dome, which the Bombers lost by eight points.

Hawks Lance Picioane and Sam Mitchell will respond to video charges from first-quarter incidents in Sunday's game against Collingwood at the MCG.

Picioane was charged with striking Magpie Ryan Lonie and Mitchell was charged with misconduct, in that he kneed Paul Licuria.

Rioli faces his fourth tribunal charge in the past season-and-a-half after enduring a horror 2002 at the judiciary.

Last year, he was suspended for three games for eye-gouging Sydney's Paul Williams and suspended for one game for headbutting Brisbane's Jonathan Brown.

He was also fined $1,200 for his part in a melee with the Lions.

Rioli was one of the Bombers' best against the Roos but was nabbed after television footage showed him running into Simpson behind the play in the third quarter.

The AFL will announce on Tuesday when the charges will be heard, with Licuria and Lonie to give evidence via a video link from the Northern Territory where the Magpies are spending the rest week.

A league spokeswoman said the charges would most likely be heard Tuesday night.

In the only charge laid during a game on the weekend, Fremantle's Matthew Carr was booked for striking Geelong's Cameron Ling in the second term at Subiaco last Saturday night.

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