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Collingwood's Dale Thomas faces AFL ban

Greg Buckle 06/06/2011 05:23:09 PM Comments (0)

Collingwood midfield star Dale Thomas can accept a one-match AFL ban with an early guilty plea after being charged with a level-three striking offence.

Thomas has been charged with striking St Kilda tagger Clint Jones during the second quarter of Saturday night's round-11 match at the MCG.

The offence draws 225 demerit points and a two-match ban, reduced to 168.75 points for his previous good record and reduced further to 126.56 points with an early plea.

The $15 Brownlow Medal contender, who attracted a flurry of bets after his best-afield performance against West Coast on May 29, faces a one-match ban whether he challenges the report or lodges an early guilty plea.

Unless he decides to challenge the report at the tribunal on Tuesday night and is successful, Thomas will miss the big Queen's Birthday clash against Melbourne.

West Coast's Scott Selwood has been charged with a level-two striking offence against Gold Coast skipper Gary Ablett.

The incident took place during the fourth quarter of Saturday's game at Patersons Stadium.

An early plea reduces the sanction from 125 demerit points and a one-match ban to 93.75 points and a reprimand.

Melbourne's Jack Trengove can accept a $900 sanction for a first offence after being charged with making negligent contact with umpire Chris Donlon during Friday night's match against Essendon at the MCG.

Western Bulldogs utility Ryan Hargrave can accept a reprimand and 70.31 points after being charged with a level-two offence for striking Geelong's Steve Johnson during Saturday's game at Skilled Stadium.

Sydney forward Ben McGlynn can accept a reprimand and 60 points towards his future record with an early plea after being charged with a level-one tripping offence against Brisbane's Ash McGrath during Saturday's game at the Gabba.

The match-day report laid against Gold Coast's David Swallow for engaging in rough conduct against Scott Selwood was withdrawn by the AFL's match review panel on Monday.

West Coast forward Jack Darling's match-day report for striking Gold Coast defender Campbell Brown was also thrown out.

An incident from Sunday's game at Etihad Stadium which left North Melbourne's Jamie MacMillan with a fractured cheekbone was also reviewed.

The panel deemed Adelaide's Richard Douglas made a legitimate attempt to win possession with the ball in dispute.

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