Hawk to face AFL tribunal over leg-breaking trip

Hawthorn midfielder Daniel Howe will face the AFL tribunal over a tripping incident which left Carlton’s Zac Fisher with a broken leg.

The ugly incident saw Carlton’s rising star forced from the field in the first quarter during Sunday’s defeat to the Hawks.

The Blues have confirmed that the youngster has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

The incident during Sunday’s game at Etihad Stadium was classed as severe impact and did not allow for an early-guilty plea.

The 20-year-old won the ball just outside the Blues’ defensive 50 when he was taken down by Howe, who stuck his left leg out as he went to ground.

Fisher stayed on the turf to check his leg after being tackled by Liam Shiels and freeing the ball, and he was later seen hobbling around the rooms.

“Scans have also determined that Zac has a crack in his left fibula, which will sideline him for the rest of the season,” Carlton said in a statement on Monday morning.

The Howe trip that broke Fisher’s leg. Pic: AFL

AFL match review officer Michael Christian said the potential for more serious damage had influenced his decision to classify the incident as medium, rather than low impact.

Howe has also been slapped with a two-game suspension for striking Carlton’s Patrick Cripps.

The 23-year-old whacked Cripps high in the opening minute of the game.

Brisbane’s Tom Cutler also faces a two-game ban after being charged with rough conduct against Adelaide’s Lachlan Murphy.

Christian ruled that West Coast skipper Shannon Hurn had no case to answer for a collision which knocked out Western Bulldogs midfielder Mitch Honeychurch during Sunday’s game at Optus Stadium.

Honeychurch was stretchered off and spent the night in hospital but avoided serious structural damage to his neck.

Hurn braced for impact but was stationary when Honeychurch crashed into his hip while trying to gather the ball, and Christian found that Hurn could not have realistically approached the contest in any other way.

Western Bulldogs duo Jack Macrae and Josh Dunkley copped fines of $2000 and $1000 respectively.

Macrae was charged with striking West Coast’s Luke Shuey and Dunkley with making careless umpire contact.

Hawthorn’s Ricky Henderson and Brisbane pair Daniel McStay and Jake Barrett can all accept $2000 sanctions with an early plea.

with AAP