Players accept sanctions

Sportal July 31, 2012, 12:00 pm
Lindsay Thomas

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North Melbourne will be without Lindsay Thomas for the next two matches after he, West Coast skipper Darren Glass and Melbourne's Neville Jetta all accepted suspensions from the Match Review Panel.

Thomas was cited for rough conduct after bumping Melbourne's Daniel Nicholson during the third quarter last Saturday at Etihad Stadium.

Dazed after the incident, Nicholson played out the match but is expected to miss several weeks with a fracture of the jaw.

Knowing he would be outed for three matches if he unsuccessfully challenged the charge at the AFL Tribunal, Thomas chose to take his punishment and will miss clashes with the Western Bulldogs and Essendon.

Glass meanwhile will have to watch on when the Eagles do battle with crosstown rivals the Dockers in Saturday's Western Derby after pleading guilty to rough conduct against Brisbane counterpart Jonathan Brown in the final quarter of last Sunday's match at Patersons Stadium.

With a good record over the past five years Glass was able to cut his demerit points penalty of 325 points in half along with the guilty plea, saving him from a two-week suspension.

And Jetta will miss Sunday's clash with Gold Coast at the MCG after choosing not to fight a level two charge for bumping Thomas to the head in the first quarter of the Kangaroos' 54-point win.

A clean record dating back five years and his guilty plea allowed Western Bulldogs veteran Lindsay Gilbee to escape with a reprimand for striking St Kilda's Sam Fisher, while Adelaide's Nathan van Berlo was fined $900 for his collision with an umpire.

And Gilbee's team-mate Brian Lake ($900), Brisbane veteran Simon Black ($900) and West Coast's Scott Selwood ($1800) were all fined for wrestling.

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