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Cloke pleads guilty, avoids AFL tribunal

11/06/2008 04:37:43 PM Comments (0)

Collingwood key forward Travis Cloke has pleaded guilty to a headbutting charge and accepted a reprimand, freeing him to play in Sunday's AFL clash with arch-rival Carlton.

Cloke risked a one-match ban if he unsuccessfully challenged the level two misconduct charge at the tribunal after making contact with his head to the face of Melbourne defender Matthew Warnock on Monday at the MCG.

The incident which forced Warnock off the field under the blood rule was assessed as reckless conduct, low impact and high contact by the match review panel.

Cloke will also receive 93.75 carry-over points towards his future record and is now ineligible for the 2008 Brownlow Medal.

"It was a little bit upsetting to see the charge laid in the first place, but to be able to play this weekend is a great thing," Cloke told the Collingwood club website.

"I always look forward to playing against Carlton for many reasons, but to play against my brother Cam again, for the second time in one year, is exciting in itself.

"It was a pretty straightforward decision.

"I'm not going to win the Brownlow, so it didn't really bother me in that way, just to be able to play every game this year was my main focus."

The tribunal will not sit after Cloke ($1,200), Magpies skipper Scott Burns ($2,100) and Melbourne's Lynden Dunn ($1,200) all accepted fines for engaging in a melee during the Queen's Birthday clash at the MCG.

Burns' fine was bigger because it was his second melee offence.

Collingwood forward Paul Medhurst and Melbourne's Clint Bartram were also fined $900 for wrestling each other.

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