Lenny Hayes
Lenny Hayes

Veteran midfielders Lenny Hayes and Daniel Kerr have escaped suspensions after the Match Review Panel released their findings from Round 21 on Monday.

Hayes is in the clear for his late hit on Taylor Hunt during the second quarter of St Kilda's 42-point loss to Geelong on Friday night, despite the fact the incident left the Cats youngster bleeding and with a broken nose.

The panel believed Hayes was attempting to mark the ball and 'had no realistic alternative way to contest the ball' when making contact.

Kerr has been offered a reprimand for striking Port Adelaide youngster Chad Wingard during West Coast's 48-point victory on Sunday, but could face a one-week ban if he was to challenge the charge and lose at the tribunal.

The only player handed a suspension by the panel was Bulldogs ruckman Will Minson.

Minson was offered a one-game ban for stomping Sydney midfielder Kieren Jack.

The AFL will be more than $25,000 richer after a raft of fines were handed out for melees during Carlton's big win over Essendon.

Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder was the hardest hit after copping a $3000 fine for a third offence, while Michael Hurley, Chris Judd, Heath Scotland and Mitch Robinson will be forced to pay $2100 each for a second offence.

Also, Melbourne veteran Lynden Dunn was charged for a first offence of staging to become the third player to be cited for a similar offence.

Essendon's Leroy Jetta and Fremantle's Ryan Crowley are the other players to have been charged with staging this season.

Other players in the clear after the panel's findings include Hawthorn's Clinton Young, Port Adelaide's Jay Schulz, Adelaide's Michael Doughty, St Kilda's Adam Schneider and Carlton's Robinson.


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