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A 'suspended' Judd still OK for Brownlow

07/09/2009 03:46:06 PM Comments (0)

Carlton captain Chris Judd remains eligible for the 2009 and 2010 Brownlow Medals, even if he is suspended for making contact to the face of Brisbane's Michael Rischitelli.

The match review panel have ruled that Judd made unnecessary and unreasonable contact to Rischitelli's face during Saturday night's elimination final.

The Blues bowed out of the finals race after losing by seven points.

Judd is facing a two-match ban for the incident and will risk a three-game suspension if he takes the case to the tribunal.

At this stage, he will miss the opening two regular-season games next year.

That AFL have confirmed that any penalties imposed from finals or pre-season games do not affect Brownlow eligibility.

Judd is third favourite with Sportsbet to win a second Brownlow Medal in 2009 after another stellar season.

Judd has said he was not trying to eye-gouge Rischitelli, but was looking to apply a martial arts technique.

Essendon pair Mark McVeigh and Nathan Lovett-Murray were handed two-match bans after Friday night's big elimination final loss to Adelaide.

The match review panel suspended McVeigh for striking Bernie Vince and Lovett-Murray was penalised for rough conduct, also against Vince.

The panel took no action against St Kilda onballer Brendon Goddard for his big bump on Collingwood opponent Dale Thomas during Sunday's qualifying final at the MCG.

Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell was also cleared for his shepherd on Andrew McQualter.

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