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Crawford's good news comes in twos

By Roger Vaughan 21/07/2003 07:39:51 PM Comments (0)

Hawthorn captain Shane Crawford received two items of good news ahead of a busy couple of days for the AFL tribunal.

Crawford will only have to attend the tribunal as a witness this week after he was cleared of an incident at the MCG on Saturday involving Melbourne's Simon Godfrey.

The Brownlow Medal fancy also had x-rays on his injured back and was cleared of serious damage, with a fitness test to now decide whether Crawford will play against West Coast in Perth on Friday night.

But fellow Hawk Kris Barlow is among six players with finals aspirations who will front the tribunal.

Apart from the big names involved, this week's tribunal cases will also feature the unusual charge of foot stomping and a rough play case involving a spear tackle.

Goal umpire Jason Venkataya booked Barlow and Melbourne forward Brad Green for stomping on each other's foot.

Top side Port Adelaide will be doubly-worried at the tribunal - captain Matthew Primus was reported on Saturday night for striking West Coast star Chris Judd.

Power forward Peter Burgoyne was among four players booked on video evidence and he will answer a rough play charge after his spear tackle on Daniel Kerr.

Second-placed Sydney will have spearhead forward Barry Hall facing a charge of head-butting Carlton defender Simon Beaumont.

Adelaide (fifth) will sweat on defender Nathan Bassett, booked for striking Fremantle midfielder Des Headland.

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