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Taylor Walker cleared of report as Dockers and Tigers face fines

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Taylor Walker was pensive after being reported in Saturday's clash

ADELAIDE skipper Taylor Walker will be able to enjoy his club's bye this week, after the Match Review Panel cleared him of striking Carlton ruckman Cameron Wood. 

Walker was reported in the Crows' nine-point win over the Blues on Saturday, but the MRP decided on Monday that the force was below what was required for a reportable offence. 

He will be free to lead the Crows in their round 12 clash with Hawthorn after both clubs enjoy their mid-season bye this weekend. 

North Melbourne defender Scott Thompson was the main casualty of this week's MRP matters, with the panel charging him with tripping West Coast forward Mark LeCras during the second quarter of the Roos' win on Sunday. 

Thompson accepted a $1000 fine with an early plea and will take on the Sydney Swans on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium. 

Geelong skipper Joel Selwood was also fined $1000 for making contact with an umpire during the Cats win over Essendon

Richmond's Shane Edwards was fined $1500 with an early plea for instigating a melee in Friday night's clash with Fremantle, and was hit with a further $1000 for being involved in the melee. 

Six other players – Michael Walters, Danyle Pearce, Nick Suban, Ty Vickery and Jack Riewoldt – were also charged with being involved in the melee and were on the end of financial penalties. 

Bomber Ben Howlett was cleared of contact he made with Cats veteran Steve Johnson, after the Essendon midfielder tried to block Johnson's run down the ground. 

Johnson was floored momentarily after the bump, but the MRP said the incident was below the force required to be charged.