Thomas, Sicily banned at AFL tribunal hearing


Fiery Hawthorn defender James Sicily says he has learned his lesson after the AFL tribunal banned him for one game.

Port Adelaide forward Lindsay Thomas was also rubbed out but his rough conduct charge warranted a three game suspension.

Thomas was referred directly for his bump that concussed Geelong onballer Scott Selwood.

The Power goalsneak is out for a total of four games because he also did not challenge a separate one-match suspension for striking Cats captain Joel Selwood.

Thomas’ case was heard immediately before Selwood, the Geelong captain, also fronted the tribunal on Tuesday night to fight his one-game suspension for striking.

Thomas and Selwood were charged with striking each other.

Their incident happened immediately after Thomas had ironed out Selwood’s brother Scott with a bump during the second term of the Saturday night clash at Adelaide Oval.

Port’s Lindsay Thomas and Hawthorn’s James Sicily banned at AFL tribunal.

Tribunal advocate Nick Pane QC had argued that Thomas should receive a four-game ban for the bump on Scott Selwood.

Thomas’ advocate Ben Krupka said if the goalsneak was banned for a total of five games, it would be a “crushing blow” to his chances of playing in the AFL again this season.

Thomas has a one-year contract at Port and is on their rookie list after leaving North Melbourne at the end of last season.

A medical report from Geelong said Scott Selwood was vomiting in the rooms after the Thomas bump.

He missed a couple of days’ training and is in doubt for Saturday’s home game against Sydney because of his concussion.

Sicily was referred directly to Tuesday’s tribunal hearing on a charge of serious misconduct, after he stepped on Shaun Atley while the North Melbourne player was lying on the ground.


The Hawks backman has served a one-game ban already this season for kneeing Geelong captain Joel Selwood.

“I’m a bit disappointed – partly with the result, but more disappointed with the fact that I’m here,” an emotional Sicily said after his hearing.

“I’m disappointed in the act and it’s something that I need to get out of my game – it’s definitely something I’ve learned from.”

Tribunal advocate Jeff Gleeson recommended the one-game penalty after a pre-hearing negotiation with Sicily’s advocate Peter O’Farrell.

Gleeson said his talk with O’Farrell was “time well spent” and the tribunal jury took all of one minute to agree with the penalty recommendation.

Gleeson noted that vision showed Sicily sneaking a look at the umpire before he stepped on Atley and that showed it was a calculated act.

O’Farrell said Sicily was remorseful, while Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson and football manager Graham Wright had taken him to task for the Atley incident.

“Like me, they were disappointed in what happened, with my actions,” Sicily said.

“They’ve still got my back in a sense and they still want me to do well.”

Selwood is also fronting the tribunal later on Tuesday night on a charge of striking Port Adelaide’s Lindsay Thomas.

With AAP