Matthew Scarlett
Matthew Scarlett

Geelong defender Matthew Scarlett will miss Saturday's match against Adelaide after pleading guilty to a striking charge.

Scarlett was cited by the AFL's Match Review Panel (MRP) for striking Essendon's Cory Dell'Olio at Etihad Stadium last Friday.

The incident assessed as reckless conduct (two points), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points) saw him draw a total of 221.02 points, with his existing bad record and 33.52 carryover demerit points increasing his penalty.

But an early guilty plea saw Scarlett's penalty reduced by 25 percent to 165.77 points and a one-match suspension, an option the Cats champion decided to take on Tuesday morning.

If he challenged the decision at the AFL tribunal, the 33-year-old risked a two-match ban.

In other news emanating from the MRP's findings, 17 players 10 from Richmond and seven from North Melbourne have accepted fines for being involved in a melee, but Tigers defender Steven Morris will challenge his $1600 fine at the tribunal on Tuesday evening.

The main case of the night will focus on Melbourne forward Jeremy Howe though, with the Tasmanian having his case of misconduct he was cited for wiping blood from his knee onto the shorts of Port Adelaide's Tom Jonas referred directly to the tribunal as his action was not covered on the MRP's table of offences.


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