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Bell cleared of charging

By Chris Lines 20/04/2004 08:22:43 PM Comments (0)

Fremantle captain Peter Bell was cleared of charging by the AFL tribunal after claiming his career record of fair play was as important to him as anything in football.

However Russell Robertson's assertion a tribunal appearance would embarrass his mother, and Anthony Stevens' plea for clemency as he nears his career's end, have failed to sway the tribunal with both receiving suspensions.

Melbourne's Robertson received a one-week ban for striking Port Adelaide's Josh Carr while Kangaroos veteran Stevens paid the penalty for a deteriorating tribunal record, receiving two games for striking Sydney's Adam Goodes.

Meanwhile Hawthorn captain Shane Crawford will not have to face the tribunal for his clash with Western Bulldogs ruckman Luke Darcy after an AFL investigation found no charge could be sustained.

Bell had to answer a report of charging Collingwood's Shane O'Bree, with the Dockers captain running hard into the centre square and making high contact with the Magpies midfielder, who had slipped to the ground just as Bell arrived.

Bell said he intended to tackle O'Bree, but after the Collingwood player fumbled, realised he must bump him, but tried to minimise contact when he saw his opponent slip.

The Freo captain testified to his own reputation and commitment to fair play.

"I'm very proud that in a survey I was voted among the top four or five fairest players and I'm as proud of that as anything else," Bell said.

"I'm embarrassed at the very stigma of being reported.

"If I ever find myself in a position where I'm running around on the football field with the intention of causing injury to another player I will give the game away, because I believe in playing the game of football in the spirit it was intended."

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