Dockers star Walters slapped with striking ban

Jason Phelan

Fremantle star Michael Walters has been slapped with a one-match AFL ban for striking Adelaide's Jake Kelly.

The ban was a rare sour note for the undermanned Dockers in their upset three-point win over the Crows at Optus Stadium on Sunday.

Star Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe sat out the match as he served a striking suspension, with ruckman Aaron Sandilands absent with a concussion.

Walters was also reported for headbutting Tom Doedee in the same last-quarter skirmish.

But AFL match review officer Michael Christian deemed there was minimal contact and dismissed the charge.

Fremantle star Michael Walters has been hit with a one-match AFL ban for a striking incident. Pic: AAP

Walters was the only player offered a ban by Christian on Monday after his review of round 12, with five others fined.

Brisbane veteran Luke Hodge was cleared of any wrongdoing in a bump that ruled Essendon skipper Dyson Heppell out of the second half of their clash at the Gabba.

Heppell was left dazed and bloodied in the heavy collision, but Christian ruled that Hodge was contesting the ball and had no realistic alternative.