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Baker tops list of reported players

By Adam Cooper 07/05/2007 06:31:51 PM Comments (0)

St Kilda tagger Steven Baker heads a list of nine players to be hit with 10 separate penalties after the AFL match review panel conducted its scrutiny of round six matches.

However, Melbourne's Byron Pickett avoided sanction despite speculation he would be penalised for laying a driving tackle on Port Adelaide's Kane Cornes at the MCG.

Baker was hit with two one-game suspensions, for engaging in rough conduct against Carlton's Jordan Russell in the first quarter at Telstra Dome on Friday night and then striking Marc Murphy in the last term.

Baker's contact on both Russell and Murphy was deemed negligent and of low impact, which drew 125 points for each offence.

His poor disciplinary record means Baker would still miss two games if he took early guilty pleas to both offences.

Fremantle's Dean Solomon was also issued with a two-game suspension after being charged with misconduct for kneeing the Brisbane Lions' Jason Roe at the Gabba.

Solomon's offence, which drew five activation points, plus his carry-over of 70.31 demerit points means he will be suspended for two games with a guilty plea.

Docker Antoni Grover can accept a reprimand for attempting to trip Lion Ash McGrath.

Melbourne's Colin Sylvia and Aaron Davey can also escape with reprimands for making forceful front-on contact and charging opponents respectively.

Sylvia was charged with making front-on contact on Cornes during the first quarter, while Davey was booked for charging Port's Matt Thomas in the third term.

Hawthorn midfielder Sam Mitchell was fined $2,400 for making negligent contact with umpire Stefan Grun during the second quarter of Saturday's game against Essendon at the MCG.

Melbourne's Travis Johnstone was charged with using abusive language towards umpire Craig Hendrie and slugged $900.

Richmond's Kayne Pettifer and Geelong's Andrew Mackie were each fined for wrestling during the second quarter of Saturday night's game at Telstra Dome.

Pettifer was fined $1,800 because it was his second offence, while Mackie was docked $900 because it was his first.

Pickett avoided penalty despite a league crackdown on tackles which pin opponents' arms in and drive them into the ground.

The panel decided Cornes' knees dug into the ground, which propelled both players forward and caused Cornes' head to hit the ground.

"While the action resulted in an injury to Cornes, which was unfortunate, it was not a reportable offence," the AFL said.

In other contentious incidents, St Kilda full-forward Fraser Gehrig was deemed to have made contact when he slapped Carlton's Setanta O'hAilpin.

However the panel deemed Gehrig made contact to the Blue's neck and that the incident was not reportable.

St Kilda co-captain Luke Ball made contact on Carlton's Cameron Cloke but the panel decided it was just a clumsy attempt to bump him off the ball.

Lions veteran Chris Johnson avoided censure for headbutting against Fremantle's Shane Parker because the panel deemed he did not make contact with the Docker's head.

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