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Goodes, Shaun Burgoyne face suspension

By Roger Vaughan 30/04/2007 07:18:26 PM Comments (0)

Reigning AFL Brownlow Medallist Adam Goodes and his potential successor, Port Adelaide midfielder Shaun Burgoyne, are on the verge of being ineligible for the award.

Sydney and Port Adelaide are yet to decide whether to take their cases to Tuesday night's AFL tribunal.

The match review panel offered Goodes a one-match suspension for charging Melbourne's Simon Godfrey on Saturday night at the SCG.

Video footage showed Goodes making contact with Godfrey's back while the ball was several metres away.

Goodes also won the 2003 Brownlow in a tie with Collingwood's Nathan Buckley and Adelaide's Mark Ricciuto, but his form has been below-par so far this season.

The Swans midfielder's impeccable record means he would also receive one match if he took the case to the tribunal and failed.

Burgoyne, one of the early-season Brownlow favourites, received a rough-conduct charge from the panel for his high contact with St Kilda midfielder Lenny Hayes.

The Power are unsure whether to contest the charge because Burgoyne is currently out for two games, but he risks a three-match ban if the tribunal rules against him.

Earlier, TAB Sportsbet was quoting Burgoyne in its top 10 for Brownlow betting at $17.

Collingwood midfielder Dale Thomas was charged with striking Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder, but an early plea would mean he escapes with a reprimand.

Carlton's Andrew Carrazzo and Kade Simpson face $2400 fines for umpire contact.

The match review panel also cleared several players, ruling that the match-day report of West Coast midfielder Tyson Stenglein for front-on contact should not go any further.

The panel also ruled in favour of Hawthorn hard man Campbell Brown for his solid bump on Western Bulldogs defender Ryan Hargrave.

"It was probably the most perfectly-executed bump you can do these days," Brown said.

"I'm sure they'll look at it, but it's still a contact sport, even though everyone tries to pretend it's not.

"There are still going to be some hits like that every now and then.

"We know now that anything (to) the head is completely off limits ... if there's any doubt you're going to hit them in the head, you don't go through with the bump.

"The one on the weekend was straight down the middle, there was nothing wrong with it."

Also on Monday, as expected the AFL sent Richmond captain Kane Johnson a "please explain" for his criticism of the umpires during Saturday's loss to the Eagles.

The league will most probably fine Johnson.

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