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Hall faces sanction at AFL tribunal

By Adam Cooper 28/06/2009 05:52:40 PM Comments (0)

Sydney forward Barry Hall can expect little respite from the AFL match review panel in a week that could almost signal the end of his AFL career.

Hall's shocking disciplinary record, carry-over points and intent could all count against him on Monday when the panel hands down its verdict of the Swan's report for striking Adelaide's Ben Rutten.

Hall was booked for punching Rutten on the chin as the pair tangled on the ground at AAMI Stadium on Saturday just after the three-quarter time siren, and right in front of umpire Hayden Kennedy.

The key element of the incident to be mulled over by the panel will be whether Hall's punch was intentional or reckless.

Either way, his 57.5 carry-over points and bad record - he has been suspended for a total of 24 games in his 13-season career - will count against him when the panel decides on a penalty.

Taking in all the factors, Hall could be hit with a four-game suspension.

But worse could come from his club, as Sydney must be close to ruling enough is enough given Hall's well-documented inability to control his temper and the fact the 32-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season.

Hall last week said he was keen to continue his career into 2010.

But his past three games have been marred by brain-fades.

He conceded three successive 50-metre penalties late in the round 11 game against Hawthorn, which cost his side any chance of winning, he looked set to explode at any moment during the round 12 loss to Collingwood, and against Adelaide he marred his 250th career game and a four-goal haul with a report.

This all came after last year he was suspended for a total of eight games - for striking West Coast's Brent Staker and attempting to strike Collingwood's Shane Wakelin - and underwent anger management.

Hall has been repeatedly linked to pursuing a professional boxing career after football, but recently said he wanted to play football in 2010 so he could prove to fans he was not a thug and a bully.

Hall was not the only Swan reported on Saturday, as ruckman Jesse White was booked for rough conduct against Bernie Vince, and utility Heath Grundy had his number taken for high contact against Nathan Bock.

Port Adelaide's Peter Burgoyne was reported for rough conduct against Geelong's James Kelly at Skilled Stadium on Sunday.

Richmond also have a concern, as midfielder Mark Coughlan faces the serious charge of headbutting, after he was reported in a VFL game on Saturday while playing for the Coburg Tigers.

Coughlan will face a misconduct charge for his indiscretion against Sandringham's Colm Begley, who is on St Kilda's playing list.

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