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Magpies to appeal Holland ban

By Guy Hand 11/05/2004 09:21:44 PM Comments (0)

Collingwood will appeal a four-match ban given to tagger Brodie Holland by an AFL Tribunal which also hammered Magpie and Carlton players with $42,000 in melee fines.

The tribunal threw the book at Holland - one of three players suspended at tonight's marathon sitting - and the 15 players involved in the halftime melee during the Carlton-Collingwood match at the MCG last weekend.

Not even a guilty plea could save Holland, who was banned for the Pies' next four matches for misconduct for a kick at Carlton player Scott Camporeale's head - an act Tribunal chairman Brian Collis described as "a serious offence".

Collingwood football operations manager Neil Balme immediately declared the bottom-of-the-ladder Pies would appeal the ban, which leaves them without another experienced player going into Saturday night's match against unbeaten St Kilda at Telstra Dome.

Already without skipper Nathan Buckley, ruckman Josh Fraser, midfielder Scott Burns and defender Simon Prestigiacomo through injury, Collingwood's player stocks are at rock bottom.

Holland slumped ashen-faced in his chair as Collis announced the tribunal's verdict.

And worse was to follow, with Holland among seven Collingwood players fined a total of $20,000 on melee charges immediately afterwards.

Holland was fined $3,000, with his teammate Paul Licuria given the biggest fine of the night, $4,500.

Eight Carlton players were fined $22,000 between them for the halftime dust-up, with Camporeale hardest hit of the Blues with a $4,000 fine.

Five of the 15 players charged pleaded not guilty - Magpies Alan Didak and Matthew Lokan and Carlton's Nick Stevens, Matthew Lappin and Heath Scotland all denying involvement in the melee.

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