Black whack draws reprimand

Sportal June 25, 2012, 3:53 pm
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Brisbane's Simon Black can avoid suspension if he pleads guilty to striking Western Bulldogs midfielder Liam Picken while a minimum of $11,400 in fines was dished out to players following a melee in Melbourne's clash with Greater Western Sydney on Sunday.

Black, though, threw his left arm back into Picken at a stoppage during the third quarter of the Lions' 58-point win, with the match review panel (MRP) assessing the incident as reckless conduct (two points), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points).

Black accumulated a total of five activation points for the strike, which left Picken with a blood nose, enough to see him charged with a level two striking offence.

The veteran Lion received 125 demerit points for the incident - which would give him a one-match sanction - but a guilty plea will see his penalty reduced to 93.75 points and a reprimand, clearing him to play against Melbourne at the Gabba on Sunday.

A total of eight players, meanwhile, were fined for their involvement in the scrap that took place in the third quarter of Melbourne's easy 78-point triumph against the Giants at the MCG.

Nathan Jones was fined the most, with the Demons midfielder charged with instigating the melee and being involved in it.

Jones - who had his jumper torn in the incident - can accept $1800 and $1200 fines for the respective charges if he enters an early guilty plea.

Fellow Melbourne players Daniel Nicholson, Mark Jamar and Brent Moloney along with Giants Tomas Bugg, Taylor Adams, Toby Greene and Dylan Shiel were all charged with being involved in the melee.

They can accept $1200 sanctions if they plead guilty.

Several other incidents from Round 13 were looked at by the MRP, with the jumper punch dished out by Fremantle's Adam McPhee to Essendon's Leroy Jetta assessed as not having enough force to constitute a reportable offence.

Adelaide's Taylor Walker was also cleared of any wrongdoing for his clash with North Melbourne's Scott Thompson at Etihad Stadium.

Walker attempted to shrug off Thompson, who was holding his lower leg, when he won a free kick, using his leg to escape the clutches of his opponent.

The MRP believed Walker's impact was not sufficient enough to warrant a report.

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