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Hodge facing suspension for striking

18/08/2008 04:07:20 PM Comments (0)

Hawthorn midfielder Luke Hodge is facing a possible two-match ban after being charged with striking by the AFL match review panel.

Hodge was handed the penalty by the panel for striking Richmond's Brett Deledio in the Hawks' 29-point loss to the Tigers at the MCG on Sunday.

An early guilty plea will reduce Hodge's suspension to one match, as his previous poor tribunal record and existing carry-over points are taken into account.

If the Hawks decide not to take the matter to the tribunal on Tuesday night and he pleads guilty, the ban would rule Hodge out of the Hawks' match against West Coast in Perth on Sunday.

If he pleads not guilty, fights the charge and loses, he could then also miss the round 22 clash with Carlton at Telstra Dome the following week.

Port Adelaide onballer Peter Burgoyne and Carlton's Simon Wiggins can accept reprimands if they plead guilty to charges arising from the weekend.

Burgoyne was charged with engaging in rough conduct against Collingwood's Shane O'Bree last Friday night.

But a possible one-match ban could be reduced to a reprimand and carryover points should he plead guilty.

Wiggins faces the same scenario if he makes an early guilty plea for a charging offence arising from his side's loss to North Melbourne on Sunday.

All clubs have until Tuesday morning to decide whether they will take the matters to tribunal.

Meanwhile, a match-day report against Richmond ruckman Troy Simmonds for rough conduct was thrown out, while Collingwood's Nick Maxwell and Port's Justin Westhoff face $900 fines if they plead guilty to wrestling charges.

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