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Carlton's Waite cited by AFL panel

26/05/2008 04:43:18 PM Comments (0)

Carlton could lose another defender, this time to suspension, after Jarrad Waite was cited by the AFL match review panel on a striking charge.

Waite was charged with a level-one striking offence against Fremantle's Chris Mayne from a final-quarter incident from last Saturday's match at Telstra Dome.

Waite's strike was assessed as negligent conduct (one point), low impact (one) and high contact (two), which drew 80 demerit points and a reprimand.

But his 93.75 carry-over points from earlier this year, when he struck Hawthorn's Tim Clarke during the pre-season campaign, bumped his penalty to 173.75 points and a one-match ban, even given a 25 per cent discount through a guilty plea.

The Blues can ill-afford to lose another big backman, given Bret Thornton and Michael Jamison both missed the win over the Dockers because of injury.

Waite looms as the only player to be suspended from round nine, although the match review panel cited three other players for offences.

Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich and Melbourne midfielder Nathan Jones were both charged with making negligent contact with an umpire.

Both can plead guilty and pay $1,950 fines.

Hawks skipper Sam Mitchell was charged with a level-two tripping offence, against Melbourne's Simon Buckley on Sunday at the MCG, but can accept a reprimand with a guilty plea and play the Western Bulldogs in Launceston on Saturday.

However, Mitchell is likely to be ruled ineligible for the Brownlow Medal if he pleads guilty, given his offence drew more than 100 demerit points.

Mitchell is the second favourite for the Brownlow with TAB Sportsbet, behind Geelong's Gary Ablett.

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