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Goodes faces one-match AFL suspension

23/06/2008 05:31:15 PM Comments (0)

Two-time AFL Brownlow Medallist Adam Goodes faces a one-match suspension after he was booked for the third time this season.

Less than a fortnight after Sydney coach Paul Roos told him to modify his game style, the match review panel charged him with rough conduct.

Goodes made head-high contact with Melbourne's Clint Bartram in the second term on Sunday at Manuka Oval in Canberra.

He has 93.75 carryover points after taking an early plea on June 10 for making head-high contact with West Coast midfielder Adam Selwood.

That means even if Goodes accepts the penalty this time, he faces the one-match suspension.

The carryover points increase the original penalty of 125 points to 218.75, which means a two-game ban if he goes to the tribunal on Tuesday night and loses.

An early plea would reduce the penalty to 164.06 points - a one-match ban and 64.06 carryover points.

Goodes has played 204 matches in succession, placing him third on the all time list behind Melbourne duo Jim Stynes and Adem Yze.

Goodes is among three players facing one-match bans after the weekend's games.

Like the Swans star, prior offences mean Port Adelaide onballer Matt Thomas and Adelaide defender Nathan Bassett cannot reduce their penalties to reprimands.

The match review panel handed Thomas a level-one rough conduct charge for an incident involving Richmond defender Joel Bowden.

He has a one-game suspension within the last three years, increasing the original 125-point penalty by 10 per cent to 137.5.

If Thomas accepts the penalty, which means a 25 per cent reduction, his 103.13 total remains just above the 100-point threshold for suspension.

Bassett was booked for striking Brisbane utility Jed Adcock and his starting penalty is only 80 points.

But 60 points in the last 12 months increases it to 140 and even if he takes the early plea, the total is 105.

St Kilda defender Brendon Goddard also faces a $900 wrestling fine.

The match review panel took no action against Geelong star Steve Johnson for an incident that hospitalised Selwood with swelling in his throat.

The league investigated the incident and spoke to the two players after finding television vision was inconclusive.

"Based on the evidence provided by both players, player Johnson made contact with player Selwood to the throat region with a pushing motion with an open hand, as he attempted to break clear and lead into space to receive the ball," the league said in a statement.

"On the available evidence, no further action will be taken."

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