Eagles to challenge McGovern AFL ban

Justin Chadwick
West Coast will appeal the AFL ban handed to Jeremy McGovern (l) for striking Alex Sexton (r)

West Coast defender Jeremy McGovern will appeal his striking ban, saying he didn't even realise he made contact.

McGovern was handed a one-match suspension for striking Gold Coast's Alex Sexton with a right-arm jab during Saturday's shock 44-point AFL loss.

Although the hit wasn't forceful enough to cause damage, the AFL's crackdown on punches meant McGovern was always treading a fine line.

The incident was assessed as intentional conduct, low impact and high contact, with McGovern able to accept a one-game suspension with an early guilty plea.

With only a $5000 administration fee to lose, West Coast announced that they will challenge the ban at the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night.

If the ban is upheld, McGovern will miss Saturday night's crunch clash with Brisbane at the Gabba.

"I didn't even know I'd hit him, to be honest," McGovern told Perth radio station 96FM.

"I didn't go in there trying to punch someone in the face."

McGovern was also handed a $1000 fine for pushing Sexton into the boundary fence in a separate incident.

Sexton was offered a $1000 fine for a high bump on McGovern.

In other Match Review news, North Melbourne's Jy Simpkin can escape with a $1000 fine after being charged with striking GWS midfielder Lachie Whitfield.

Sydney's Luke Parker will be slugged $750 for making contact with an umpire in Sunday's loss to Essendon.

It is the second time Parker has been charged for making contact with an umpire.