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Tigers' King suspended, but avoids fine

18/08/2009 07:13:22 PM Comments (0)

The AFL season is over for Richmond tagger Jake King through suspension, but he has at least hung onto some cash to spend in his extra time off.

King pleaded guilty on Tuesday to striking Collingwood's Alan Didak at the MCG last Saturday and will miss the Tigers' remaining games against Hawthorn and West Coast.

But at the tribunal on Tuesday night King successfully beat a charge of engaging in a melee, which meant he avoided paying a $1,200 fine.

Richmond teammate Brett Deledio also avoided being fined the same amount after winning his challenge at the tribunal.

King's strike on Didak sparked the heated scenes between the sides during the second quarter.

A total of 20 players - 10 from either side - were reported for being involved in a melee.

But King won his challenge after he successfully argued he was on the bottom of a pack of players and was involuntarily involved.

Deledio won his challenge by arguing he was also involved against his wishes, by being held by Collingwood's Shane O'Bree and Dane Swan on the fringe of the trouble.

Richmond's Robin Nahas, Angus Graham, Richard Tambling, Luke McGuane, Tom Hislop, Will Thursfield, Mark Coughlan and Daniel Jackson were all fined $1,200 each after they pleaded guilty.

O'Bree and Collingwood teammates Dayne Beams, Chris Dawes, Heath Shaw, Harry O'Brien, Leigh Brown, Nick Maxwell, Alan Toovey and Tarkyn Lockyer were also all docked $1,200 each after pleading guilty.

Swan also admitted guilt but was slugged $3,000 because it was the third time he had been found guilty of the offence.

The fines from the reports totalled $23,400.

Hislop will miss Richmond's clash against the Hawks after being suspended for one game for pleading guilty to striking O'Bree in the last quarter.

Geelong's Steve Johnson accepted a reprimand for striking Sydney's Craig Bolton at ANZ Stadium last Saturday night, but can play the Western Bulldogs on Friday night.

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