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Sport Naitanui could test ban at AFL tribunal

03:31  08 may  2018
03:31  08 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

Nic Naitanui's suspension 'unrealistic and confusing': Nick Riewoldt

  Nic Naitanui's suspension 'unrealistic and confusing': Nick Riewoldt The Saints great goes ham on the MRP.The Eagles giant collected the much smaller Amon in a fierce hit from behind late in Saturday’s clash, with the Power player slamming face first into the Optus Stadium turf.

Nic Naitanui could join Geelong forward Tom Hawkins as test cases at the AFL tribunal , with the West Coast star expected to challenge his rough conduct charge.

Nic Naitanui has been given an extra day to prepare his defence to a rough conduct charge.

Nic Naitanui could spend a week on the sidelines after his tackle on Port's Karl Amon.© AAP Image/Tony McDonough Nic Naitanui could spend a week on the sidelines after his tackle on Port's Karl Amon. West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui could join Geelong forward Tom Hawkins as test cases at the AFL tribunal.

The popular thinking is that the Eagles will challenge Naitanui's one-match ban for rough conduct.

His brutal tackle left Port Adelaide's Karl Amon with concussion.

But it was not a sling tackle and North Melbourne coach Brad Scott is among those who feel that Naitanui did not do much wrong.

"It's a push in the back, I think that's the penalty," Scott told Channel Seven's Talking Footy.

"If Nic had managed to roll Karl, then everything would have been fine.

AFL greats line up to slam Naitanui suspension

  AFL greats line up to slam Naitanui suspension AFL greats Nick Riewoldt, Brendon Goddard, Brian Taylor and Bob Murphy have all slammed the one-match suspension handed out to West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui. Naitanui was rubbed out by match review officer Michael Christian for dangerously tackling Port Adelaide’s Karl Amon on the weekend. The All-Australian big man took his case to the tribunal on Wednesday night where his ban was upheld.Riewoldt felt there were only three conclusions to draw in the wake of Naitanui’s suspension – either the AFL rules are wrong, Christian is wrong or the MRO had an "absolute shocker".

Nic Naitanui will serve a one-match ban this weekend after failing to have the suspension overturned at the AFL tribunal .

You can change this preference below. Повторите попытку позже. Опубликовано: 9 мая 2018 г. Nic Naitanui AFL tribunal hearing (AAP Image/Tony McDonough)Source: AAPNaitanui was initially scheduled to front the tribunal on Tuesday night after being handed a one-game ban for a heavy

"West Coast will probably challenge that."

Nic Naitanui tackle: Mick Malthouse slams AFL Tribunal over suspension

  Nic Naitanui tackle: Mick Malthouse slams AFL Tribunal over suspension Former West Coast Eagles coach Mick Malthouse has torn strips off the AFL over the one-match suspension handed to Nic Naitanui for a rough tackle, branding the decision a "disgrace". The Eagles ruckman was rubbed out for rough conduct for what looked to be a tough but standard tackle on Port Adelaide's Karl Amon, after it was revealed Amon suffered delayed concussion.

AFL West Coast Eagles. Amon got up and was fine to take his kick but that hasn’t saved Naitanui from a ban for rough conduct. Christian said Naitanui could have avoided a dangerous tackle by turning his opponent.

The AFL ’s counsel Jeff Gleeson questioned Naitanui over whether he could have minimised the impact of the tackle, to But the tribunal disagreed, and said Naitanui had other more reasonable courses of action, including rolling Amon in the tackle or dropping to his knees to halt his momentum.

Nic Naitanui.© Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images Nic Naitanui. On Monday night, Eagles coach Adam Simpson confirmed they were considering a tribunal challenge.

"It's a bit of a headscratcher for me, personally," Simpson told Channel Seven.

"The vision I saw, he didn't have his arms pinned."

Hawkins was referred directly to the tribunal for intentional umpire contact.

But the Cats star insists the incident with Dean Margetts was accidental.

He thought it was a GWS opponent when he pushed Margetts' hand away.

Cats coach Chris Scott has no problem with the case going to the tribunal.

"This is one of the rare cases in my view, where I actually think, even though we've got a vested interest, it's not a bad thing putting it up to the tribunal," Scott told AFL360.

"It gives Tom a chance to say his piece and at the very least, make it clear there was contact - he acknowledges that - (and) there shouldn't be contact with umpires, it should be avoided at all costs.

"But this wasn't a situation where he thought, 'I'm going to push an umpire'."

Ed Curnow suspended after AFL appeal upheld, brother Charlie free to play .
Carlton's Ed Curnow has been suspended for one match following a successful AFL appeal against his tribunal verdict but his younger brother Charlie is free to play for the Blues this weekend. Both Ed and Charlie were found not guilty of intentional contact with an umpire but guilty of the lesser charge of making careless contact at the tribunal on Tuesday night.

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