Selwood accepts reprimand

Sportal August 14, 2012, 12:30 pm
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Geelong's Joel Selwood has accepted his controversial reprimand from the Match Review Panel, while Port Adelaide's Hamish Hartlett will challenge his striking charge at the tribunal.

Selwood will not contest his punishment for pushing older brother Adam, of West Coast, as the Eagles player lay on the ground injured in last Friday's clash at Patersons Stadium, but the Geelong captain will still be available to play for the Cats against St Kilda on Friday night.

By accepting his punishment, Selwood has received 84 points on his disciplinary record for what has been described by the MRP as 'unnecessary or unreasonable contact with an injured player'.

Geelong coach Chris Scott had hinted on Monday that the Cats would not fight the MRP's decision despite their belief that Selwood had been harshly judged.

"It's a huge risk, the system is really stacked against you," Scott told On The Couch on Fox Footy.

"Our position is that if there's any chance that he'll get a week (ban), which is what we'd risk if we appealed it, it's not worth taking.

"The point that we should make, particularly to our supporters, is that if we choose not to appeal it, it doesn't mean we agree with the decision."

Port Adelaide's Hartlett will face the tribunal on Tuesday night to dispute his level three striking charge.

The MRP believe Hartlett hit Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli during the first quarter of Sunday's match between the Hawks and the Power in Launceston.

Harley Bennell, Mitch Robinson and Ryan Hargrave have all accepted their sanctions handed down by the MRP.

Western Bulldogs' Hargrave has copped his one-match suspension for striking Richmond's Daniel Jackson, while Robinson of Carlton must pay an $1800 fine for wrestling and Gold Coast's Bennell has been fined $900 for contact with an umpire.

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