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Hawks' Franklin may accept reprimand

16/06/2008 07:48:46 PM Comments (0)

The AFL's crackdown on head-high contact will further narrow the Brownlow Medal field, with Hawthorn star Lance Franklin set to accept a reprimand.

Franklin can take the reprimand and 93.75 carry-over points for his rough conduct charge after the match review panel upheld the match-day report for the incident involving Adelaide's Michael Doughty.

The in-form forward, who leads the Coleman Medal as the league's top goalkicker, would face a one-match suspension if he went to the tribunal on Tuesday night and lost.

The ladder-leading Hawks play North Melbourne on Saturday at the MCG.

A week ago, two-time Brownlow Medallist Adam Goodes accepted a reprimand, also for head-high contact.

Franklin and Goodes now cannot win the Brownlow because their original penalties were worth a one-game ban.

Franklin's contact on Doughty last Saturday night at AAMI Stadium was judged as negligent, low impact and high contact.

While Hawks will gladly accept Franklin's reprimand, Collingwood have a tougher decision to make on their key forward Travis Cloke.

He received a two-match ban for striking Carlton defender Michael Jamison in Sunday's loss at the MCG.

A week ago, Cloke accepted a reprimand for a head-butt charge and he also received 93.75 carry-over points.

Those points mean that the original punishment, a one-game suspension, becomes two games.

Even if Cloke takes an early plea, he still faces a one-week ban.

The Magpies will make a decision on Tuesday morning, bearing in mind they will probably be without fellow key forward Anthony Rocca for Sunday's clash against the in-form Western Bulldogs.

Conversely, North Melbourne captain Adam Simpson has a five-year good record, meaning he can escape with a reprimand for his striking charge.

He originally received a one-game ban for striking Fremantle's Ryan Crowley, but it becomes a reprimand because of his record.

An early plea will further reduce Simpson's carry-over points from 93.74 to 70.31.

The match review panel fined Richmond onballer Shane Tuck for making negligent contact with field umpire Matthew Nicholls on Sunday night at Telstra Dome.

Nicholls was floored and left with turf in his mouth.

An early plea will reduce the $2600 fine to $1950.

Crowley and North defender Daniel Pratt were fined for wrestling each other - Pratt out of pocket $900 with an early plea, while Crowley pays $1800 because it is a second offence.

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