Selwood in strife for brother push

Sportal August 13, 2012, 5:06 pm
Joel Selwood

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Geelong captain Joel Selwood has been charged by the match review panel for his push on brother Adam during the Cats' defeat to West Coast last Friday night.

Joel and Adam were involved in a heavy collision before the younger Selwood got up to his feet and pushed his brother back to the ground after he was on all fours catching his breath.

Adam left the field after the contest, but returned to the field soon after and played out the remainder of the match.

Joel was cited by the MRP for misconduct 'in that he made unnecessary or unreasonable contact with an injured player'.

The MRP viewed the incident as reckless conduct (two points), low impact (one point) and body contact (one point), drawing a total of 80 demerit points.

But with Joel's recent poor record the total was increased by 40 percent to 112 points and a one-match suspension.

An early guilty plea will reduce that to a reprimand and 84 points to his future record, but the Cats may decide to contest the decision given how vigorously they defended the triple premiership player last year when he was slapped with a four-match ban for striking Hawthorn's Brent Guerra.

Meanwhile, Port Adelaide's Hamish Hartlett can escape with a one-match suspension for his off-the-ball strike on Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli.

The incident was assessed as intentional conduct (three points), medium impact (two points) and body contact (one point), which results in 225 points and a two-match suspension.

An early guilty plea reduces the penalty to 168.75 points and a one-match sanction.

Western Bulldogs defender Ryan Hargrave was charged with an identical offence for his strike on Daniel Jackson and like Hartlett can escape with a one-match ban with an early guilty plea.

Carlton's Mitch Robinson will be $1800 worse off after he was charged with a second instance of wrestling, while Gold Coast's Harley Bennell was hit with a $900 fine for making contact with an umpire.

In other incidents, Robinson's match day report for striking Brisbane's Ryan Harwood was thrown out with the impact deemed below the required force to constitute a report, while Essendon's Nathan Lovett-Murray is in the clear following his clash with North Melbourne's Lachlan Hansen as the Bomber had 'no realistic alternative way to contest the ball'.

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