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Docker McPhee faces ban for Blues clash

Sam Lienert 08/08/2011 04:31:07 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle utility Adam McPhee faces missing Saturday's important AFL clash with Carlton over a striking charge.

But Sydney's dual Brownlow Medallist Adam Goodes and Hawthorn star Lance Franklin have both been cleared, after having weekend incidents scrutinised by the match review panel.

McPhee can accept a one-match ban, if he pleads guilty to striking St Kilda's Sam Gilbert during the Dockers' loss to the Saints at Etihad Stadium on Friday night.

McPhee leapt off the ground and clipped Gilbert's head with his upper arm during the first quarter.

He will risk a two-game ban if he fights the charge, but can still have it reduced to one with an early plea, despite a 10 per cent penalty loading for a previous offence.

Saturday's Perth clash with the Blues is vital to the Dockers' finals chances, after falling out of the top eight with their loss to the Saints.

Port Adelaide's Robbie Gray, charged with tripping Collingwood's Andrew Krakouer, can accept a reprimand.

So can Magpie Ben Johnson, who is charged with rough conduct against Gray.

An incident in which Goodes felled Essendon's Angus Monfries with a front-on bump, after Monfries fumbled the ball away, was reviewed.

But a Bombers medical report, which stated that Monfries was not injured and there was no high contact, helped clear the star Swan.

Earlier this season, Monfries publicly admitted to staging for free kicks, including an incident where Hawthorn's Jordan Lewis copped a suspension for allegedly headbutting him.

Franklin also came under scrutiny for an incident involving North Melbourne defender Scott Thompson, but the contact he made with the Kangaroo was deemed not forceful enough to be a strike.

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