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Fevola's Coleman bid hit by ban

By Chris Lines 22/06/2004 09:12:35 PM Comments (0)

Brendan Fevola's bid to win the Coleman Medal received a shattering blow as the Carlton goalkicking ace was suspended for two matches for striking.

The AFL tribunal said only his unblemished record had prevented his receiving a lengthier sentence for what it called a "forceful, full right arm swing" to the head of Richmond's Nathan Brown.

Brown said on television after the event that he was told after the game that he had been targeted by Carlton players.

He was taken off the ground soon after the incident, telling the tribunal he was "groggy" and "disorientated" but it was not apparent if that was as a result of Fevola's arm to the head or having his head driven into the ground in a simultaneous tackle by Carlton's Simon Wiggins.

The Blues were tight-lipped after the hearing and it was unknown if the club would appeal the verdict or suspension.

In tonight's other cases, Hawthorn's Luke Hodge was suspended for one game for striking and Western Bulldogs backman Brian Harris got two games for rough play against Adelaide's Scott Welsh.

Fevola claimed he made contact with the ball, trying to knock it from Brown's grasp, and then wrapped the Tigers star up in a tackle.

"Obviously you swing your arm when you lay a tackle," Fevola said.

"I don't believe I hit his head, I believe I hit the side of his shoulder." Brown claimed he had no recollection of the incident due to the blow to the head.

The tribunal found Fevola's act was reckless, paying no heed to Brown's injury.

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