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Freo cleared over Sandilands inclusion

Sportal August 21, 2012, 7:19 pm
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The AFL won't take action against Fremantle over the controversial late inclusion of ruckman Aaron Sandilands, it announced Tuesday night.

Sandilands was called into Fremantle's line-up to face Richmond on Saturday at the 11th hour when fellow ruckman Jon Griffin withdrew after tweaking his groin in the warm-up.

The switch was made after official team sheets had been lodged 90 minutes before the start of the match and this can only occur in the event of an injury or illness to a player that is not pre-existing.

There was speculation the Dockers had planned to include Sandilands all along.

But AFL football operations manager Adrian Anderson said the AFL had received a medical certificate on Griffin's condition from the club medical staff, along with a copy of his MRI report, which confirmed the injury happened in the warm-up.

"Following consultation with the AFL medical commissioners the AFL is satisfied with the explanation provided and no further action will be taken," Anderson said.

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  1. Matt10:48am Wednesday 22nd August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Once again bad losers, first scott now hardwick, will vic teams ever just accept the loss, never hear worsfold complain when beaten in Victoria

  2. Twochairs08:19am Wednesday 22nd August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The mind boggles, Gherkin in a jam sandwich, well put.

  3. Anthony10:17pm Tuesday 21st August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Speculation that the dockers had planned to play sandilands........... Well how can they speculate to play him - but not include him on the list......you cant speculate with sandilands - either he is in or he is out....... If he is out - then how come he was match fit and ready to don his gear......at a moments notice.... This smacks of gherkins in a jam sandwich........ this smacks of ross lyons- get it ? Lyons...

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