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Mooney faces one-week AFL suspension

18/05/2009 06:54:33 PM Comments (0)

Former serial offender Cameron Mooney faces a return to the AFL Tribunal as Geelong look set to fight the forward's latest suspension - this time for striking.

Mooney was charged with striking North Melbourne defender Scott Thompson during the Cats' 70-point flogging of the Kangaroos at Skilled Stadium on Saturday.

He is unable to reduce the ban with an early guilty plea due to his previous poor tribunal record.

Mooney hasn't been suspended since 2006, when he was banned on four separate occasions.

But he is facing his 13th tribunal or match review panel charge and has previously been suspended for a total of 13 matches.

Mooney's last appearance at the tribunal was in 2008 for tripping St Kilda's Leigh Montagna, but he escaped with a reprimand.

A decision on whether to contest the charge must be made by Tuesday morning for a hearing Tuesday night.

Reigning Brownlow Medallist Adam Cooney is one of four players in trouble from the match review panel for negligently making contact with umpires.

Western Bulldogs midfielder Cooney, Carlton forward Eddie Betts, Sydney's Martin Mattner and Lynden Dunn of Melbourne face $1,950 fines provided they make early guilty pleas.

But Cooney remains eligible for this year's medal count, as only players who are found guilty of offences carrying more than 100 demerit points are ruled out of contention.

Richmond midfielder Daniel Jackson and Port Adelaide's Chad Cornes can accept $900 fines if they plead guilty to wrestling.

But a match-day report against Essendon's Alwyn Davey for rough conduct for a high hit on St Kilda's Nick Dal Santo was thrown out.

"Dal Santo had tapped the ball away when Davey left the ground and turned his back to make contact," the panel said in a statement.

"Dal Santo saw Davey coming just before contact was made and turned his head to lessen the impact.

"This action resulted in Davey only brushing Dal Santo high with negligible impact."

Collingwood skipper Nick Maxwell was cleared of any wrongdoing over an incident in which he made high contact with Carlton's Mitch Robinson on Sunday.

The panel said Maxwell's action was a legitimate attempt to spoil.

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