Richmond spearhead Tom Lynch has been cleared of striking and is free to play in the Tigers' AFL clash against West Coast on Thursday night.
The key forward was referred directly to the tribunal for striking Essendon defender Michael Hurley in the final quarter of the Tigers' 12-point win in Darwin on Saturday night.
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The AFL's legal counsel Jeff Gleeson said he considered the charge to be intentional, high and low-impact, which would see Lynch miss one match.
But the jury was not satisfied Lynch collected Hurley high and that the charge constituted a reportable offence.
It is a major boost for the Tigers as they prepare to play another premiership contender in the Eagles at Metricon Stadium.
Lynch disputed he struck Hurley high, arguing he pushed the Bombers defender in the chest in an attempt to move away.
The former Gold Coast captain repeatedly refuted suggestions from Gleeson that a punch was thrown at Hurley.
The jury was told to ignore a string of incidents involving Lynch, who last week was fined $2000 for two separate off-the-ball hits against the Suns.
It comes after Tigers teammate Dylan Grimes revealed a spate of ugly messages sent to him on social media after their fiery clash with Essendon.
Grimes was accused by some of staging for a free kick which proved a game-turning moment during the Dreamtime clash when the Tigers scored a 12-point win over Essendon in Darwin.
Staging has been a topic of outrage for many AFL fans in 2020, with Grimes revealing some of the shocking abuse he’s copped over Saturday night’s incident.
Grimes posted an Instagram story that included some of the offensive posts directed at him.
“I apologise in advance for the swearing but this is ridiculous,” he posted in an Instagram story.
“Death threats and suicide suggestions. Come on.
“Reminding the Essendon fans that inboxed me that this is a game we play for fun.”
Geelong, Brisbane players banned by MRO
In match review officer findings from Sunday's games, Geelong ace Luke Dahlhaus and Brisbane Lions forward Lincoln McCarthy have been offered one-game bans.
Dahlhaus was charged for a dangerous tackle on Adelaide's Matt Crouch in the first quarter of the Cats' 28-point win.
McCarthy was booked for rough conduct against St Kilda defender Ben Paton in the second quarter of the Lions' two-point victory at the Gabba.
Geelong pair Cameron Guthrie and Rhys Stanley were fined, as were St Kilda's Dean Kent and Dougal Howard, and West Coast midfielder Tim Kelly.
With Yahoo Sport Australia