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Fletcher, Waite face AFL bans

By Sam Lienert 21/06/2010 05:50:19 PM Comments (0)

Carlton's Jarrad Waite and Essendon's Dustin Fletcher are both facing their second suspensions of the AFL season after being charged by the match review panel.

Both can accept two-game bans if they plead guilty or risk three-match sanctions by taking their cases to the tribunal on Tuesday night.

Waite was hit with a rough conduct charge over his high off-the-ball bump on Fremantle's Paul Duffield during the final term of the Blues' loss at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

The Carlton key position player has already served a two-game suspension this season for a high bump on Port Adelaide's Jason Davenport in round eight.

A penalty loading for that means he can't accept a one-game ban for the current charge.

Fletcher, who was suspended for one game for tripping Western Bulldogs forward Barry Hall in round 10, was charged with kneeing Hawthorn's Beau Muston at the MCG on Friday night.

The first quarter incident was assessed as intentional.

His prior record also resulted in a penalty loading boosting the ban beyond one game.

The potential suspension of a tall defender comes at a bad time for the Bombers, who have lost their past three games and have already lost key backman Tayte Pears to a pancreas injury for the rest of the season.

Fremantle big man Kepler Bradley can accept a reprimand for a low grade charge of striking Carlton's Bret Thornton.

Brisbane's Michael Rischitelli and Sam Sheldon and Richmond's Jack Riewoldt and Jake King each face $1200 fines for involvement in a melee at halftime of Saturday night's match at the Gabba.

And Carlton midfielder Andrew Carrazzo can accept a $1950 sanction for making reckless contact with an umpire.

In some good news for the Blues, who also lost ruckman Matthew Kreuzer to a serious knee injury during the Dockers match, captain Chris Judd escaped charge over contact to Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich.

While television footage showed Judd's forearm making contact with Pavlich during the third term, it was deemed below the force required to constitute a reportable offence.

The match review panel also investigated contact between Essendon's Jake Melksham and Hawthorn's Chance Bateman in the last quarter of Friday night's match.

Bateman was left concussed but the panel, after reviewing video evidence and interviewing both players, determined there was no reportable offence.

The match review panel also investigated contact between Essendon's Jake Melksham and Hawthorn's Chance Bateman in the last quarter of Friday night's match.

Bateman was left concussed but the panel, after reviewing video evidence and interviewing both players, determined there was no reportable offence.

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