Williams, Ryan face AFL rough conduct bans

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Carlton defender Zac Williams has been hit with a one-match AFL suspension for rough conduct after pushing an opponent's head into artificial turf outside the boundary line during a melee.

Williams had Adelaide's Ben Keays by the jumper and was dragging him off other players during the third quarter of Sunday's clash at Marvel Stadium when he hauled the Crow across the boundary.

Williams then pushed Keays' head into the ground on the harder section of artificial turf near the fence.

AFL match review officer Michael Christian graded the incident as intentional conduct, low impact and high contact.

It occurred right in front of an emergency umpire, who was verbally attempting to break up the melee.

Eight players were fined for their roles in the melee - Carlton's Lachie Plowman, Liam Stocker, Sam Docherty and Jack Martin, plus Adelaide's Ned McHenry, Riley Thilthorpe, Darcy Fogarty and Keays.

Docherty was also fined $1500 for striking Thilthorpe in a fiery encounter.

A high-priced trade recruit, Williams has come under fire this season for performing below expectations and was moved from the midfield to half-back, with coach David Teague saying the 26-year-old speedster needed to get fitter.

Williams found form against Adelaide, registering 26 disposals and a goal in a strong contribution to the Blues' 10-point win.

But he now faces a week on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, West Coast's Liam Ryan was offered a one-match ban for rough conduct over a glancing high bump that left Western Bulldogs defender Jason Johannisen with a sore jaw.

Johannisen was assessed by medical staff on the bench but was cleared of injury and returned to see out the Dogs' convincing 55-point victory.

Ryan's bump was classified as careless conduct, medium impact and high contact.

The Williams and Ryan incidents on Sunday came as the AFL clamps down on head contact amid fears over the long-term effects of concussion.

Collingwood's Levi Greenwood, who has a history of concussion, retired on Monday and cited concerns over the damage further concussion incidents could do to his long-term health.

In other incidents assessed by the MRO, Hawthorn's Jacob Koschitzke was fined $2000 for striking GWS's Jacob Hopper and fellow Hawk Jai Newcombe was fined $1000 for making careless contact with an umpire.

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