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Franklin sidesteps AFL tribunal charge

13/07/2009 06:23:44 PM Comments (0)

Hawthorn dodged one AFL tribunal bullet but were hit by another despite star forward Lance Franklin avoiding suspension on Monday.

While Franklin escaped penalty over a match-day rough conduct report, teammate Jordan Lewis faces a one-week ban from the match review panel.

Lewis was charged with striking North's Michael Firrito during the Hawks' nine-point win in Launceston, and cannot reduce the suspension with an early guilty plea due to his previous poor judicial record.

It is Lewis' fifth brush with the law in four seasons, with three previous striking charges and an attempting to strike charge on his record.

The Hawks have until Tuesday morning to decide whether to fight Lewis' charge at the AFL tribunal.

There was better news for Franklin, with umpire Michael Vozzo's report for allegedly kneeing North Melbourne's Drew Petrie thrown out by the panel on Monday.

"Franklin's action was not considered unreasonable in the circumstances as the impact was below that required to sustain the report," the panel said in a statement.

Hawthorn will be thrilled with Franklin's availability for their important clash with Collingwood at the MCG on Saturday night after the spearhead emphatically returned to form against North.

His last quarter heroics to boot four goals virtually lifted the Hawks home for a win which salvaged their flagging finals hopes and suggested Franklin is back to his best.

"It was just a matter of time for him to turn things around," teammate Brad Sewell said.

"He's been working very hard for a long period of time now.

"He started the game well working up behind the ball a bit and he finished the way we know he can."

Geelong's Brownlow Medallist Jimmy Bartel also had a match-day report for rough conduct thrown out for an incident involving Brisbane's Luke Power.

But Adelaide forward James Sellar has been charged with making negligent contact with umpire Chris Donlon during the Crows' win over Fremantle.

He will be fined $1,950 if he makes an early plea.

West Coast ruckman Dean Cox escaped penalty for making contact with umpire Ray Chamberlain at a field bounce during his side's los to St Kilda on Sunday.

The panel said a skewed bounce contributed to the contact.

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