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Demoted Dee accepts ban for striking in VFL

Salem's strike leaves Blue dazed Christian Salem has been offered a one-game ban for this strike on Liam Sumner
HOBART, AUSTRALIA - JULY 29: Christian Salem of the Demons in action during the 2017 AFL round 19 match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Melbourne Demons at Blundstone Arena on July 29, 2017 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Christian Salem has been hit with a one-match ban from the VFL Match Review Panel

CHRISTIAN Salem will be ineligible for selection for Sunday's clash against the Brisbane Lions at the MCG after accepting a one-match ban from the VFL's Match Review Panel for striking Carlton forward Liam Sumner in Saturday's clash at Casey Fields.

Meanwhile, North Melbourne defender Lachlan Hansen will front the VFL Tribunal on Tuesday night after being reported for rough conduct and striking in separate incidents involving former teammate Joel Tippett in Sunday's Williamstown-Werribee contest.

There was no vision available of either incident, so Hansen will front the Tribunal at Ikon Park on Tuesday night.

Salem was reported by the officiating umpire on the day for rough conduct, but the charge was later amended to striking with the Melbourne defender attempting to jolt the ball free as Sumner received the footy from a teammate.

In the process, Salem's swinging arm connected with Sumner's jaw with the Carlton forward not returning to the field of play after being assessed for concussion.

The hit was classified as a two-match base sanction, but with no applicable record an early guilty plea would see Salem accept the charge and be unavailable for selection for Sunday's game against the Brisbane Lions at the MCG.

Salem was suspended for one week at AFL level earlier in the season for elbowing Roo Shaun Higgins in the face in round nine, but that was not applicable in assessing the Sumner incident.

The 22-year-old collected 28 disposals, laid nine tackles and finished the match with a goal to be one of Casey's best players in its 37-point win.

Based on his performance at the weekend, the defender would have been in contention to make an immediate return to the team for the clash against the Lions.

Salem will next be available for selection for the club's final home and away season game against Collingwood in round 23.

Meanwhile, North Melbourne-listed defender Lachlan Hansen will front the VFL tribunal on Tuesday night after being reported for rough conduct and striking in separate incidents involving former teammate Joel Tippett in Sunday's Williamstown-Werribee contest.

There was no vision available of either incident, hence Hansen will front the Tribunal at Ikon Park on Tuesday night.

Richmond's Jayden Short can accept a $500 fine for a rough conduct charge in Saturday's match against Geelong's VFL side at Simonds Stadium.