Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

Geelong veteran Steve Johnson has paid a hefty price for an innocuous bump on Sydney's Daniel Hannebery, the match review panel rubbing out Johnson for the Cats' elimination final clash with Fremantle on Saturday night.

Although the bump on Hannebery would normally just be worthy of a reprimand, Johnson had 78 carryover points to his name along with a 30 percent loading, and it is this poor record that has led to him being suspended for one game.

Having bumped Hannebery, Johnson attempted to lift the Swans' midfielder to his feet.

But the MRP has opted to not punish Johnson for this, even if Cats' skipper Joel Selwood was cited three weeks ago after interfering with an injured player, in that case, his own brother Adam from West Coast.

If Johnson opts to fight the charge, he may be risking a two-match suspension that could see him miss the first round of next season if the Cats lose on Saturday night at the MCG.

Johnson's citing will surely cause some bad blood between Geelong and Fremantle after Dockers' coach Ross Lyon went out of his way to point out the incident in his press conference following Freo's win over Melbourne last weekend.

However, there was some good news for the Cats as veteran Paul Chapman can escape with a reprimand after being reported by the field umpire for a strike on Sydney's Ben McGlynn.

Sydney have also suffered a loss, the Swans losing defender Heath Grundy for their qualifying final clash with Adelaide after he was cited for striking Geelong forward James Podsiadly.

In other big news from the MRP, Gold Coast enforcer Campbell Brown can accept a six-week suspension for a level four rough conduct charge for making front-on contact with Adelaide's Aiden Riley.

Brown's suspension was influenced by his previous poor record, with his team-mate Trent McKenzie able to accept a $900 fine for umpire contact.

Greater Western Sydney veteran James McDonald, meanwhile, can accept a one-match suspension after being cited for rough conduct against North Melbourne's Jamie MacMillan in a controversial incident that saw Kangaroos coach Brad Scott abuse McDonald at quarter time during that game.

Young Giant Curtly Hampton can accept a reprimand for tripping while North pair Jack Ziebell and Cruize Garlett can accept $1950 fines for umpire contact. Giants veteran Chad Cornes, however, has escaped punishment for his hit on Shaun Atley.

Surprisingly, the spiteful clash between Carlton and St Kilda on Sunday only resulted in one suspension, with Saints veteran Leigh Montagna offered a one-match sanction for rough conduct against Andrew Walker.

Walker and his opponent on Sunday, Stephen Milne, can accept $900 fines for wrestling each other before the opening bounce of Sunday's game, while St Kilda's Tom Simpkin has been fined $900 for a wrestle with Carlton's Mitch Robinson.

Robinson has been hit with a $3000 fine as it was his third wrestling offence but the Blues midfielder was cleared for a powerful bump on Montagna that left the Saint somewhat dazed during the second term.

In other incidents from the clash between the Blues and Saints, Terry Milera has been cleared for his clash with Carlton's Rhys O'Keefe despite outgoing Carlton coach Brett Ratten believing the incident was worthy of the MRP's attention.

Brendon Goddard was also cleared for making contact with Carlton's Chris Yarran while Western Bulldogs tagger Liam Picken was cleared for making contact with Brisbane's Elliott Yeo.

Brisbane's Dayne Zorko also had his matchday report for striking Clay Smith thrown out.


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