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Match Review Panel full statement: round seven

The AFL wishes to advise the Match Review Panel has reviewed the matches played in round seven of the 2015 Toyota AFL Premiership Season. The following charges were laid:

Charges Laid:
Jarrad Waite, North Melbourne, has been charged with charged with engaging in rough conduct against Zach Merrett, Essendon, during the third quarter of the Round Seven match between North Melbourne and Essendon, played at Etihad Stadium on Friday May 15, 2015. 

In summary, he can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the Essendon Football Club, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as careless conduct with low impact to the head. The offence was classified as a $1500 sanction. The player has no applicable bad record. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Devon Smith, GWS Giants, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Bryce Gibbs, Carlton, during the first quarter of the Round Seven match between the GWS Giants and Carlton, played at Etihad Stadium on Saturday May 16, 2015.

In summary, he can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the Carlton Football Club, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as careless conduct with low impact to the body. The offence was classified as a $1500 sanction. The player has no applicable bad record. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000 sanction. 

Nat Fyfe, Fremantle, has been charged with tripping Koby Stevens, Western Bulldogs, during the third quarter of the Round Seven match between Fremantle and the Western Bulldogs, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday May 16, 2015.

In summary, he can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.

Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the Western Bulldogs Football Club, it was the view of the panel the incident should be classified as intentional conduct with low impact to the body. The offence was classified as a $1500 sanction. The player has no applicable bad record. An early plea can reduce the penalty to a $1000 sanction.

Other Matters Assessed:
Contact between the Geelong Cats’ Steve Johnson and the Sydney Swans’ Jarrad McVeigh from the first quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. Players Kurt Tippett and Rhys Stanley had contested a mark when the ball came to ground, as the umpire paid a free kick to the Sydney player. While the players had not yet stopped play for the free kick to Tippett, Johnson and McVeigh simultaneously moved to contest the ball at the ground level. Johnson chopped his arm towards McVeigh in an attempt to block his opponent’s passage to the ball and, in doing so, made contact to McVeigh’s groin area. It was the view of the panel that Johnson’s actions were not considered reportable as he was trying to win position for the ball, had it been loose. No further action was taken.

Contact between the Western Bulldog’s Lin Jong and Fremantle’s Michael Walters from the first quarter of Sunday’s game was assessed. The ball was loose after a throw up with Walters seeking to take possession of the ball on the ground, as Jong moved towards him. As Walters took possession, Jong made high contact to the Fremantle player with his hip. While a free kick should have been paid at the time to Walters, had the contact been seen by the umpire, it was the view of the panel that Jong was legitimately contesting the ball. No further action was taken.