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Koschitzke facing four-match AFL ban

29/03/2010 08:32:15 PM Comments (0)

St Kilda big man Justin Koschitzke is facing a lengthy stint on the sidelines unless his AFL club decides to fight his four-game suspension by the match review panel at the tribunal on Tuesday.

Koschitzke was charged with a level three offence for his high hit on Sydney's Nick Malceski at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

He can reduce the suspension to three matches if he enters an early guilty plea, with the Saints having until Tuesday to decide whether to fight the charge at the tribunal.

Koschitzke also has a poor tribunal record, and has carryover points from an incident late last season.

If he is banned, he would miss Saturday's clash with North Melbourne as well as the scheduled clash with premiership challengers Collingwood in round three.

Swans defender Malceski was left dazed by the incident, though he went on to be one of the best afield in his side's eight-point defeat.

St Kilda's Brendon Goddard also fell foul of the match review panel, reported for making negligent contact with a field umpire and fined $1,200.

Goddard can reduce the sanction to $900 by pleading guilty.

But Essendon ruckman David Hille was given a reprieve after his charging report against Geelong's Jimmy Bartel was withdrawn.

The panel ruled Hille made contact to Bartel's body and shoulder while he had his eyes on the ball and was making a legitimate attempt to mark the ball.

North Melbourne skipper Brent Harvey also escaped sanction for his jumper punch on Port Adelaide's Jacob Surjan.

"Contact was made with an open hand. The force was below that required to constitute a reportable offence," the match review panel said.

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