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Magpies' Anthony faces one-match ban

04/05/2009 07:43:55 PM Comments (0)

Collingwood forward John Anthony will never forget Friday night's AFL win over North Melbourne.

The match review panel has offered him a one-match suspension for the unusual charge of headbutting the groin of an opponent.

While the Magpies have been prepared to take cases to the tribunal this season, a guilty verdict would mean a two-match suspension and video footage of the incident with North's Scott McMahon looks damning.

Anthony kicked three goals in the easy win over the Kangaroos but there was little else to make the strong-marking forward happy.

Apart from the Thompson incident, coach Mick Malthouse gave Anthony a fearful boundary-line spray just before three-quarter time.

That incident was also caught on camera.

Malthouse would not discuss what was said, but it is understood to have involved Anthony conceding a 50m penalty during the quarter.

The trouble with McMahon's groin also happened during the third term.

The incident was assessed as intentional contact, low impact and groin contact, which the league grades the same as head-high contact.

Anthony has no tribunal record, which means a guilty plea will reduce the penalty for the level-two offence by one match.

But the poor record of Hawthorn ruckman Simon Taylor means he is facing a two-match ban, at best, for rough conduct.

The panel charged Taylor after an incident involving Carlton opponent Setanta O'hAilpin in Saturday's MCG thriller.

Taylor also received a two-match ban after round one for kneeing Geelong midfielder Joel Selwood.

The Selwood suspension increases his penalty from two to three games.

An early plea would bring the penalty back to two matches.

Team-mate Lance Franklin is the latest victim of the league's crackdown on umpire contact.

He can accept a $1950 fine for negligent contact.

McMahon can accept a reprimand and 60 carry over points after the panel charged him with striking Anthony in the first quarter of Friday's game.

Carlton defender Aaron Joseph was cleared of an incident involving Hawthorn's eight-goal hero Jarryd Roughead, with the panel citing the Hawk's evidence and the lack of available video evidence.

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