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Fevola's appeal dismissed

By Adam Cooper 24/06/2004 08:00:45 PM Comments (0)

Enhanced video footage could not save Carlton forward Brendan Fevola, whose challenge against a two-game ban for striking has been dismissed by the AFL appeals board.

Fevola was found guilty of striking Richmond's Nathan Brown on Tuesday and the appeals board needed just seven minutes deliberation to throw out the full-forward's appeal.

A plea by defence advocate Iain Findlay to have Fevola's suspension reduced to one game was also unsuccessful.

Findlay presented enhanced video footage which he claimed showed Fevola hit the ball as he swung his right arm at Brown at Telstra Dome last Saturday night and made no contact with the Tiger playmaker's head.

Brown did not appear at the hearing because he could not recall anything of the incident.

But Findlay said it was possible Brown was disorientated when his head hit the turf as Fevola and Carlton's Simon Wiggins tackled him to the ground.

But appeals board chairman Peter O'Callaghan, QC, said his panel agreed with the tribunal's decision that Fevola swung his arm in a forceful manner which was reckless.

He said there was no reason to overturn the tribunal's original verdict.

Fevola, who has kicked 53 goals this season and is third on the goalkicking table, will miss games against Sydney and Port Adelaide.

He left the appeal hearing without comment, while the unsuccessful appeal cost his club $15,000.

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