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Hawthorn's Taylor faces kneeing charge

30/03/2009 08:20:43 PM Comments (0)

Ruckman Simon Taylor, the hard-luck story of Hawthorn's AFL premiership, now faces at least another fortnight on the sidelines through suspension.

The match review panel has handed him a three-match ban for kneeing Geelong midfielder Joel Selwood in the head during the first quarter of the fiery grand final rematch last Friday night at the MCG.

Taylor can reduce the penalty to two games with an early plea.

The Hawks will decide on Tuesday morning whether to contest elements of the charge at the tribunal in an effort to downgrade the penalty.

The panel ruled the incident was intentional and high contact.

They also graded it as low impact, which indicates they did not blame Taylor for the concussion that forced Selwood from the field.

Just before Taylor made contact, Hawks captain Sam Mitchell had tackled the young Cat and Selwood's head hit the ground hard.

Taylor played 18 senior games last year, but could not force his way back into the side during the finals and was an emergency for the grand final.

On Monday, the match review panel also cleared Taylor of contact with Geelong star Gary Ablett.

Cats forward Steve Johnson can accept a reprimand and 45 carryover points for attempting to strike Hawks defender Luke Hodge.

The panel cleared Hodge and Geelong's Andrew Mackie of striking and also took no further action against Cats utility Max Rooke, who was facing a rough conduct charge.

The panel predictably ruled that Hodge's contact with Tom Lonergan was a legitimate spoiling attempt.

They also decided that the force of Mackie's punch to the midriff of Hawks ruckman Brent Renouf was "below that required to constitute a reportable offence".

Rooke was booked for the bump he laid on Mitchell a few metres off the ball.

"It was the view of the panel that Rooke bumped Mitchell to the right shoulder and there was no high contact made," the AFL announced in a media release.

"The amount of force used was not excessive (and) a free kick was the appropriate penalty for the action, as was paid at the time."

But Port Adelaide ruckman Dean Brogan is out for one match if he accepts a rough conduct charge against Essendon midfielder Andrew Lovett.

There is no conclusive video footage of the match-day report, laid by field umpire Dean Margetts.

So the match review panel interviewed Margetts and the two players before laying the charge late on Monday afternoon.

Carlton onballer Kade Simpson can accept a reprimand and 70.31 points for the front-on bump against Richmond midfielder Daniel Jackson.

An early plea will mean Sydney co-captain Adam Goodes is fined $1950 for making negligent contact with field umpire Ray Chamberlain.

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