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Lucky Brown can accept four games

By Roger Vaughan 11/04/2011 08:59:30 PM Comments (0)

A favourable medical report and minimal carryover points clearly saved Gold Coast hard man Campbell Brown at the AFL match review panel.

He can escape from his 1970s-style swipe at Western Bulldogs utility Callan Ward with only a two-game suspension, regardless of whether Brown takes the early plea.

Brown can also accept a two-game ban for making forceful front-on contact with Bulldogs key forward Barry Hall, although that increases to three matches if he should take it to the tribunal and lose.

The fiery defender was the big story to come out of Saturday's 71-point drubbing from the Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium after he elbowed Ward well off the ball.

That sparked some heated remonstration from Ward's team-mates and a few minutes later Brown also made front-on contact with Hall as the Bulldog forward was over the ball.

After reading the Bulldogs' medical report on Ward, the panel ruled that incident was only medium impact, as well as reckless and high contact.

Ward was stunned by the contact and had to briefly leave the field, but suffered no injury and he played out the game.

Brown also had only 2.5 carryover points.

The former Hawthorn player's poor tribunal record added to his penalties for the two incidents, meaning there will be no discount to the Ward suspension if he accepts the penalty.

The day after those two incidents, Brown defiantly defended his playing style.

He said Gold Coast knew what they were getting when he became one of the prized uncontracted signings for the expansion team.

Also on Monday, the panel fined the Riewoldt cousins for incidents during the weekend's games.

St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt and Essendon opponent Cale Hooker can accept $900 fines for wrestling each other.

Richmond key forward Jack Riewoldt was also fined $900 for his much-publicised obscene gesture during the Saturday night loss to Hawthorn.

Adelaide ruckman Ivan Maric can accept a reprimand for rough conduct against Fremantle's Michael Walters.

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