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Grant escapes suspension at AFL tribunal

08/06/2010 07:22:50 PM Comments (0)

Young Western Bulldogs forward Jarrad Grant has escaped suspension after having a striking charge downgraded at the AFL Tribunal.

Grant, who risked a two-match ban by visiting the tribunal, pleaded guilty to intentionally striking Collingwood defender Ben Reid, but succeeded in having the hit assessed as to the body, rather than high contact.

It meant he was able to accept a reprimand, freeing the eight-game 20-year-old to play in Sunday's important clash with Brisbane at Etihad Stadium.

It was a relief for the Bulldogs, who are expected to be without fellow forwards Brad Johnson, Jason Akermanis and Shaun Higgins through injury, although Robert Murphy could return.

"It's obviously a good result in there, so I'm looking forward to this Sunday and I look forward to the game," Grant said.

"Obviously I was a bit lucky, but that's the way it's gone."

Grant's case succeeded despite evidence from Reid, who agreed that initial contact was made to the chest, but said the Bulldog's left hand then slipped up to his windpipe.

Video footage showed Reid crouched on all fours, gasping for air, after the incident and he admitted he had been "winded".

Under tribunal guidelines, any contact above the shoulders is deemed high, and if there is both high and body contact, it is categorised as high contact.

But the jury was swayed by Grant's evidence, that he only intended to push Reid out of his path with an open hand, and the substantial part of the contact was to the chest.

Earlier, Hawthorn midfielder Chance Bateman accepted a one-match ban for kneeing Port Adelaide youngster Daniel Stewart, meaning he will miss Saturday's clash with Adelaide in Launceston.

Bateman - who had only just returned to the Hawks' lineup after serving a three-match suspension - had originally planned to contest the penalty.

Geelong duo Corey Enright and James Podsiadly accepted reprimands after pleading guilty to rough conduct and striking charges respectively from Sunday's clash with West Coast.

Brisbane spearhead Brendan Fevola and St Kilda midfielder Lenny Hayes also accepted reprimands for striking charges.

Lions midfielder Simon Black was fined $1950 for using abusive, insulting, threatening or obscene language towards an umpire after the final siren of Saturday's narrow loss to North Melbourne.

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