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Richmond's King facing striking charge

08/03/2010 06:46:15 PM Comments (0)

Richmond tagger Jake King could miss the start of the AFL season after being charged with striking Collingwood forward Travis Cloke during last Friday's practice game at Princes Park.

The league's match review panel investigated the incident and interviewed Cloke because the video footage was inconclusive, and charged King with a level-three strike.

King's poor record, which included a two-game suspension for striking Collingwood's Alan Didak in round 20 last year, meant his tally of demerit points ballooned to 309.06, enough for a three-game suspension.

King can plead guilty and reduce the penalty to two games, or challenge the charge at the tribunal, where he would risk being suspended for three games.

Any suspension must be served in the home and away season, which means the Tigers could be without King for premiership games against Carlton, the Western Bulldogs and possibly Sydney.

King was the only player reported in practice matches over the weekend, and no players were booked during the two pre-season semi-finals.

Richmond have until Tuesday morning to inform the league whether they will contest the charge at the tribunal.

Richmond football operations manager Ross Monaghan confirmed the Tigers would wait until Tuesday before they made a decision on whether to contest King's charge.

Regardless of the outcome of his report King will be eligible for the Tigers' last practice game, against Essendon in Morwell in country Victoria on Saturday.

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