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Brown banned for two games

26/07/2010 10:07:03 PM Comments (0)

Hawthorn hard man Campbell Brown has been hit with a two-game suspension for an incident which left St Kilda midfielder Nick Dal Santo with a broken nose.

Brown's poor record contributed to the penalty, as he could otherwise have accepted a one-match ban with an early guilty plea to the striking charge.

Instead, he faces two games on the sidelines whether he pleads guilty, or challenges the decision at the tribunal and loses.

Brown was deemed to have acted recklessly and caused medium impact, in Friday night's first-quarter incident, which required Dal Santo to leave the field several times to stem the bleeding.

West Coast youngster Ashton Hams faces a three-match suspension over an incident which required a hospital visit for Carlton's Dennis Armfield.

Hams was charged with rough conduct, over Saturday night's second-quarter high bump.

Armfield was sent to hospital with a compressed vertebra in his neck, but was cleared of more serious damage and was able to fly home with teammates.

Hams would risk a four-game ban if he fights the charge.

Carlton's Jarrad Waite was cleared over a bump on Eagle Adam Selwood late in the match, with the match review panel ruling contact was only to Selwood's shoulder.

Adelaide defender Graham Johncock can accept a one-match ban over a charge of rough conduct against Port Adelaide's Cameron Hitchcock in Sunday's showdown.

Johncock would have faced a minimum two-game break, if not for a reduction for his prior clean record.

The only other penalty stemming from the weekend was a $900 fine for young North Melbourne midfielder Ben Cunnington for making umpire contact.

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