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Koschitzke suspended in blow to St Kilda

21/07/2008 05:10:35 PM Comments (0)

St Kilda's revival in the second half of the AFL season has hit a hurdle, after forward Justin Koschitzke was suspended on Monday by the match review panel for striking.

Koschitzke was reported for striking Hawthorn's Michael Osborne at Telstra Dome last Saturday night and will miss Saturday's game against West Coast unless he successfully challenges the verdict at the tribunal Tuesday night.

The Saints, whose run of four wins has put them in the eight and has them eyeing off a spot in the finals, will decide on Tuesday whether to accept a one-game suspension or risk two games on the sidelines by challenging.

Koschitzke's level two striking charge accrued 125 demerit points, which would normally allow a player to escape with a reprimand through an early guilty plea.

But his bad record - courtesy of a one-game suspension last year for striking Hawk Robert Campbell - inflated the demerit points tally to 206.25, which means he can only reduce the total to 154.69 through an early plea.

Koschitzke's only way of playing the Eagles will be by winning the challenge, but a loss would also rub him out of the round 18 game against Port Adelaide.

Koschitzke was one of the stars of the Saints' win over the Eagles at Subiaco last season, when he booted four goals.

A St Kilda spokesman confirmed the club's match committee would discuss the report and its options, but would not announce a decision until Tuesday.

Koschitzke's teammate Aaron Fiora was also reported for striking Osborne, but can play the Eagles if he pleads guilty to the charge and accepts a reprimand.

The other two players reported from the weekend were charged with making negligent contact with umpires.

Essendon's Jobe Watson was booked at the MCG last Saturday, and Sydney's Jarrad McVeigh was reported at Telstra Dome on Sunday.

Watson and McVeigh will pay fines of $1,950 if they plead guilty to their charges.

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