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Scarlett in clear, Mitchell avoids ban

By Sam Lienert 27/04/2011 06:15:31 PM Comments (0)

Geelong's Matthew Scarlett is in the clear, while Hawthorn captain Sam Mitchell will also avoid suspension over incidents from the two clubs' bruising AFL clash.

But Richmond midfielder Daniel Jackson and Gold Coast defender Nathan Bock will both miss games this weekend after accepting one-match suspensions.

Scarlett was cleared of wrongdoing despite Hawthorn's Jordan Lewis having to leave the field with blood on his head, after high contact from the Cats' defender in the last quarter of Tuesday's match.

The match review panel deemed Scarlett made a legitimate spoil and the head contact was accidental.

Mitchell was cited for rough conduct against Geelong's Steve Johnson, for running into the Cat's head while Johnson was crouched over the ball in the first term.

But the low grading of the charge meant Mitchell was able to accept a reprimand rather than a ban, with the Hawks confirming on Wednesday they would enter an early guilty plea and take that option.

Bock has been banned for rough conduct against Port Adelaide's Jackson Trengove, during the match which delivered the Suns their first win, at AAMI Stadium on Saturday.

He will be sorely missed for Sunday's clash with Essendon at Etihad Stadium, given the Bombers' tall attack.

Jackson was sanctioned for striking North Melbourne defender Scott Thompson late in the Tigers' victory over the Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

He will miss Saturday night's meeting with Brisbane at the MCG.

It is Jackson's third suspension in less than a year, with the penalty loading from the prior offences preventing him from escaping with a reprimand this time.

Hawthorn's Liam Shiels faces a $900 fine for making umpire contact.

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