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Match Review Panel full statement: round four

The AFL wishes to advise the Match Review Panel has reviewed the weekend's matches. The following charges were laid: 

Charges laid:

Steve Morris, Richmond, has been charged with a level two engaging in rough conduct offence (225 demerit points, two-match sanction) for engaging in rough conduct against Jamie Elliott, Collingwood, during the second quarter of the round four match between Richmond and Collingwood, played at the MCG on Saturday April 20, 2013.

In summary, he can accept a one-match sanction with an early plea.

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the Collingwood Football Club, the incident was assessed as negligent conduct (one point), medium impact (two points) and high contact (two points). This is a total of five activation points, resulting in a classification of a level two offence, drawing 225 demerit points and a two-match sanction. He has no existing good or bad record. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to 168.75 points and a one-match sanction.

Tom Bellchambers, Essendon, has been charged with a second offence for engaging in a melee ($2800 sanction) during the half-time break of the round four match between Essendon and St Kilda, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday April 20, 2013.

In summary, he can accept a $2100 sanction with an early plea.

A second offence for engaging in a melee is a $2800 sanction. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a $2100 sanction.

Michael Hibberd, Essendon, has been charged with a second offence for engaging in a melee ($2800 sanction) during the half-time break of the round four match between Essendon and St Kilda, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday April 20, 2013.

In summary, he can accept a $2100 sanction with an early plea.

A second offence for engaging in a melee is a $2800 sanction. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a $2100 sanction.

Jake Carlisle, Essendon, has been charged with a second offence for engaging in a melee ($2800 sanction) during the half-time break of the round four match between Essendon and St Kilda, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday April 20, 2013.

In summary, he can accept a $2100 sanction with an early plea.

A second offence for engaging in a melee is a $2800 sanction. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a $2100 sanction.

Stephen Milne, St Kilda, has been charged with a third offence for engaging in a melee ($4000 sanction) during the half-time break of the Round Four match between St Kilda and Essendon, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday April 20, 2013.

In summary, he can accept a $3000 sanction with an early plea.

A third offence for engaging in a melee is a $4000 sanction. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a $3000 sanction.

Nathan Wright, St Kilda, has been charged with a first offence for engaging in a melee ($1600 sanction) during the half-time break of the round four match between St Kilda and Essendon, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday April 20, 2013.

In summary, he can accept a $1200 sanction with an early plea.

A first offence for engaging in a melee is a $1600 sanction. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a $1200 sanction.

Tom Simpkin, St Kilda, has been charged with a first offence for engaging in a melee ($1600 sanction) during the half-time break of the round four match between St Kilda and Essendon, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday April 20, 2013.

In summary, he can accept a $1200 sanction with an early plea.

A first offence for engaging in a melee is a $1600 sanction. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a $1200 sanction.

Ahmed Saad, St Kilda, has been charged with a first offence for engaging in a melee ($1600 sanction) during the half-time break of the round four match between St Kilda and Essendon, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday April 20, 2013.

In summary, he can accept a $1200 sanction with an early plea.

A first offence for engaging in a melee is a $1600 sanction. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a $1200 sanction.

Jarryn Geary, St Kilda, has been charged with a first offence for engaging in a melee ($1600 sanction) during the half-time break of the round four match between St Kilda and Essendon, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday April 20, 2013.

In summary, he can accept a $1200 sanction with an early plea.

A first offence for engaging in a melee is a $1600 sanction. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a $1200 sanction.

Stephen Milne, St Kilda, has been charged with a level two misconduct offence (225 demerit points, two-match sanction) for misconduct in that he made unnecessary contact to the face of Courtenay Dempsey, Essendon, during the fourth quarter of the round four match between St Kilda and Essendon, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday April 20, 2013.

In summary, he can accept a one-match sanction with an early plea.

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the Essendon Football Club, the incident was assessed as reckless conduct (two points), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points). This is a total of five activation points, resulting in a classification of a level two offence, drawing 225 demerit points and a two-match sanction. He has no existing good or bad record. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to 168.75 points and a one-match sanction.

Neville Jetta, Melbourne, has been charged with a level two engaging in rough conduct offence (225 demerit points, two-match sanction) for engaging in rough conduct against Lachlan Whitfield, GWS Giants, during the third quarter of the round four match between Melbourne and the GWS Giants, played at the MCG on Sunday April 21, 2013.

In summary, due to his existing poor record, his two-match sanction must remain at two matches even with an early plea.

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the GWS Giants Football Club, the incident was assessed as reckless conduct (two points), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points). This is a total of five activation points, resulting in a classification of a level two offence, drawing 225 demerit points and a two-match sanction. He has 87.50 demerit points carried over from within the last 12 months, increasing the penalty to 312.50 points and a three-match sanction. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to 234.38 points and a two-match sanction.

Scott Thompson, Adelaide Crows, has been charged with a level one engaging in rough conduct offence (125 demerit points, one-match sanction) for engaging in rough conduct against Brett Goodes, Western Bulldogs, during the third quarter of the round four match between the Adelaide Crows and the Western Bulldogs, played at AAMI Stadium on Sunday April 21, 2013.

In summary, due to a six-year good record, he can accept a reprimand and 70.31 points towards his future record with an early plea.

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the Western Bulldogs Football Club, the incident was assessed as negligent conduct (one point), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points). This is a total of four activation points, resulting in a classification of a level one offence, drawing 125 demerit points and a one-match sanction. He has an existing six-year good record, reducing the sanction by 25 per cent to a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his future record. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a reprimand and 70.31 points towards his future record.

Jack Redden, Brisbane Lions, has been charged with a level one bumping or making forceful contact from front-on offence (125 demerit points, one-match sanction) for bumping or making forceful contact from front-on against Ben Cunnington, North Melbourne, during the third quarter of the round four match between the Brisbane Lions and North Melbourne, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday April 21, 2013.

In summary, he can accept a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his future record with an early plea.

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the North Melbourne Football Club, the incident was assessed as negligent conduct (one point), low impact (one points) and high contact (two points). This is a total of four activation points, resulting in a classification of a level one offence, drawing 125 demerit points and a one-match sanction. He has no existing good or bad record. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his future record.

Pearce Hanley, Brisbane Lions, has been charged with a level two striking offence (125 demerit points, one-match sanction) for striking Lindsay Thomas, North Melbourne, during the third quarter of the round four match between the Brisbane Lions and North Melbourne, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday April 21, 2013.

In summary, due to his previous poor record, his one-match sanction must remain at one match, even with an early plea.

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the North Melbourne Football Club, the incident was assessed as intentional conduct (three points), low impact (one point) and body contact (one point). This is a total of five activation points, resulting in a classification of a level one offence, drawing 125 demerit points and a one-match sanction. He has an existing bad record of 93.75 demerit points carried over within the last 12 months, increasing the penalty to 218.75 points and a two-match sanction. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to 168.06 points and a one-match sanction.

Other incidents assessed:
The match day report against North Melbourne's Drew Petrie for charging the Brisbane Lions' Rohan Bewick during the second quarter of Sunday's match was assessed. The panel said the ball was kicked by a North Melbourne player to the leading Petrie. Bewick comes back to intercept a potential mark. Petrie has left the ground in a bid to mark the ball and has his arms up to mark when contact is made. Bewick makes contact with the ball as the collision between the players occurs in mid air. After viewing all available footage and speaking to the umpire who laid the report on the day, it was the view of the panel that Petrie was making a legitimate attempt to mark the ball. No further action was taken.

Contact between West Coast's Eric Mackenzie and Carlton's Marc Murphy from the second quarter of Saturday's match was assessed. The ball was at a stop-play situation after a behind had been scored. As the players were preparing to set up for the kick-in, Murphy and Mackenzie were jostling for position. Mackenzie attempted to block Murphy's path to reach West Coast's Daniel Kerr and made high contact. A free kick was paid at the time to Murphy and it was the view of the panel that Mackenzie's action was not a striking motion. No further action was taken.

Contact between St Kilda's Ahmed Saad and Essendon's Courtenay Dempsey from the fourth quarter of Saturday's match was assessed. It was the view of the panel the force used was below that required to constituted a reportable offence.