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Trio cited by AFL for head-high contact

02/06/2008 05:27:45 PM Comments (0)

Three players have been issued suspensions by the AFL match review panel for making high contact to opponents during games over the weekend.

Adelaide's Brett Burton and West Coast's Beau Waters were both cited during the panel's review and issued two-game bans, while Western Bulldog Robert Murphy was reported on Saturday and issued Monday with a one-game penalty.

The Crows have already indicated Burton will plead guilty to making forceful contact from front-on against Essendon's Henry Slattery last Friday night at AAMI Stadium in contact the panel deemed as reckless, of low impact and high contact.

Waters was charged with engaging in rough conduct against's Collingwood Shane O'Bree at the MCG, while Murphy was booked for engaging in rough conduct against Hawthorn's Xavier Ellis in Launceston on Saturday.

Murphy's contact was assessed as negligent, medium impact and high, which drew 225 demerit points and a two-match suspension.

His good record means he can reduce that to 168.75 points and a one-game ban through an early guilty plea.

Waters' action was assessed the same way, but his bad recent record meant the demerit points were increased to 270.

That means he cannot reduce the penalty under the two-game threshold with a guilty plea.

Burton ran the risk of being suspended for three games had he contested the charge at the tribunal, as his bad recent record inflated his tally to 300 demerit points.

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