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Cyril Rioli gets one-match ban

By Guy Hand 04/04/2011 07:34:55 PM Comments (0)

After one of his best matches for Hawthorn, Cyril Rioli has been given a public dressing-down by coach Alastair Clarkson over the elbow which earned him an AFL suspension.

Rioli was hit with a one-match ban after the match review panel charged him with striking.

The gun forward earned the panel's ire for elbowing Melbourne's Nathan Jones in the chest during Hawthorn's 45-point belting of the Demons at the MCG on Sunday.

Rioli was close to best on ground and has been brilliant for Hawthorn in their opening two games.

But Clarkson said Rioli should have avoided getting involved with Jones - who dropped to the ground in the second quarter incident - and needs to learn from it.

"His action was unnecessary so we've got to live with that probably," Clarkson told Melbourne radio station 3AW.

"We'll decide overnight what we do in that regard.

"He needs to be a little bit smarter than that and not get himself involved in that type of stuff."

Hawthorn may still consider rolling the dice at the AFL Tribunal, considering they have little to lose.

Rioli can't reduce the one-match ban with an early guilty plea because of his previous poor disciplinary record, and they could argue the level of contact with Jones was questionable.

If he is outed, Rioli will miss the Hawks' clash with Richmond at the MCG on Saturday night.

The Hawks will follow their usual procedure of waiting until the Tuesday lunchtime deadline before deciding whether to fight the charge.

"We like to meet with our advocate, check all the (television) angles, before we make a decision and we do that tomorrow," Hawthorn football manager Mark Evans said.

The Tigers have their own problems going into the Hawks clash.

Richmond's Luke McGuane was given a three-match ban for rough conduct, but could cut it to two games with an early guilty plea.

McGuane was charged over his high hit on St Kilda's Farren Ray during the drawn match last weekend.

Sydney midfielder Kieren Jack has been fined $1800 for making negligent contact with an umpire.

Brisbane midfielder James Polkinghorne has escaped with a reprimand for striking Western Bulldogs onballer Callan Ward, while Bulldogs forward Daniel Giansiracusa and Brisbane's Jed Adcock were fined for wrestling.

The pair can accept $900 fines with early guilty pleas.

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