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AFL Tigers pair under scrutiny

Greg Buckle 10/07/2011 04:14:28 PM Comments (0)

The AFL's Match Review Panel is expected to investigate several incidents following a fiery clash between Essendon and Richmond at the MCG.

Richmond's Ty Vickery locked horns with rival ruckman Paddy Ryder at quarter-time of Saturday night's game after Vickery had landed a heavy bump on Angus Monfries.

Television footage showed Vickery swinging a round-arm punch at Ryder although it wasn't clear if it connected with the Bombers ruckman's face.

And Tigers small forward Jake King could be in trouble for a glancing blow to the chin of Monfries as both players wrestled on the ground.

"It was just more push and shove. There's not much in it," King told Seven's AFL Game Day on Sunday.

"Everyone got up, walked away and played the game."

King has already served two striking suspensions in 2011.

The Tigers host the Gold Coast in Cairns next Saturday.

Geelong ruckman Brad Ottens clashed with West Coast forward Mark Nicoski behind the play during Friday night's game in Perth in another incident which is expected to be reviewed by the panel.

Eagles big man Nic Naitanui could also face scrutiny following a front-on bump to Geelong's Taylor Hunt.

Nine's The Sunday Footy Show highlighted video footage on Sunday which showed Geelong midfielder James Kelly pushing Daniel Kerr into the path of oncoming Cats player Mitch Duncan who landed a heavy bump on Kerr, knocking the Eagles rover to the turf.

Hawthorn great Dermott Brereton described the incident as very dangerous.

"I would turn around to the rules committee and say give us something we can work with here so that this doesn't happen again," he said.

In a separate incident on Saturday night, Essendon's Michael Hurley suffered a blow to the ribs after Richmond's Jack Riewoldt pushed Hurley into the path of Bombers player Kyle Hardingham in a marking contest.

"It's a rule that needs to come in next year. What you're trying to do is cannon the bloke," Brereton said.

"It's as dangerous as tunnelling (taking out a player's legs) in a marking contest."

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