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Match review full statement: round seven

The AFL advises the Match Review of the Saturday / Sunday games in round seven has now been completed. A total of 11 charges have been laid with two other matters that required explanation.

Charges Laid:

Dougal Howard, Port Adelaide, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Josh Kennedy, West Coast, during the second quarter of the Round Seven match between Port Adelaide and West Coast, played at Optus Stadium on Saturday May 5, 2018.

In summary, he can accept a $2000 sanction with an early plea.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the West Coast Football Club, the incident was assessed as careless conduct with low impact to the body. The incident was assessed as a $3000 sanction. The player can accept a $2000 sanction with an early plea.

Nic Naitanui, West Coast, has been charged with attempting to trip Jasper Pittard, Port Adelaide, during the third quarter of the Round Seven match between West Coast and Port Adelaide, played at Optus Stadium on Saturday May 5, 2018.

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

Attempting to trip is a fixed financial sanction of $1500. The player can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.

Nic Naitanui, West Coast, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Karl Amon, Port Adelaide, during the fourth quarter of the Round Seven match between West Coast and Port Adelaide, played at Optus Stadium on Saturday May 5, 2018. 

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

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Port Adelaide Football Club, the incident was assessed as careless conduct with medium impact to the head. The incident was assessed as a one-match sanction. The player can accept a one-match sanction with an early plea.

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Shaun Higgins, North Melbourne, has been charged with misconduct against Jarrad McVeigh, Sydney Swans, during the third quarter of the Round Seven match between North Melbourne and the Sydney Swans, played at the SCG on Saturday May 5, 2018.

In summary, he can accept a $1500 sanction with an early plea.

Misconduct is fixed financial sanction of $2500. The player can accept a $1500 sanction with an early plea.

Jarrad McVeigh, Sydney Swans, has been charged with misconduct against Shaun Higgins, North Melbourne, during the third quarter of the Round Seven match between the Sydney Swans and North Melbourne, played at the SCG on Saturday May 5, 2018.

In summary, he can accept a $1500 sanction with an early plea.

Misconduct is fixed financial sanction of $2500. The player can accept a $1500 sanction with an early plea.

Dale Thomas, Carlton, has been charged with engaging in rough conduct against Jordan Gallucci, Adelaide Crows, during the second quarter of the Round Seven match between Carlton and the Adelaide Crows, played at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday May 5, 2018.

In summary, he can accept a $2000 sanction with an early plea.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Adelaide Crows Football Club, the incident was assessed as intentional conduct with low impact to the body. The incident was assessed as a $3000 sanction. The player can accept a $2000 sanction with an early plea.

Nick Vlastuin, Richmond, has been charged with misconduct against Ed Langdon, Fremantle, during the third quarter of the Round Seven match between Richmond and Fremantle, played at the MCG on Sunday May 6, 2018.

In summary, he can accept a $1500 sanction with an early plea.

Misconduct is fixed financial sanction of $2500. The player can accept a $1500 sanction with an early plea.

David Armitage, St Kilda, has been charged with making careless contact with umpire Nick Foot during the second quarter of the Round Seven match between St Kilda and Melbourne, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday May 6, 2018.

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

Making careless contact with an umpire is a fixed financial sanction of $1500. The player can accept a $1000 sanction with an early plea.

Nathan Jones, Melbourne, has been charged with misconduct against Jack Newnes, St Kilda, during the third quarter of the Round Seven match between Melbourne and St Kilda, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday May 6, 2018.

In summary, he can accept a $1500 sanction with an early plea.

Misconduct is fixed financial sanction of $2500. The player can accept a $1500 sanction with an early plea. 

Jack Steele, St Kilda, has been charged with striking Max Gawn, Melbourne, during the fourth quarter of the Round Seven match between St Kilda and Melbourne, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday May 6, 2018. 

In summary, he can accept a $2000 sanction with an early plea.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Melbourne Football Club, the incident was assessed as intentional conduct with low impact to the body. The incident was assessed as a $3000 sanction. The player can accept a $2000 sanction with an early plea.

Alex Witherden, Brisbane Lions, has been charged with striking Ben Crocker, Collingwood, during the third quarter of the Round Seven match between the Brisbane Lions and Collingwood, played at the Gabba on Sunday May 6, 2018. 

In summary, he can accept a $2000 sanction with an early plea.

Based on the available video evidence and a medical report from the Collingwood Football Club, the incident was assessed as careless conduct with low impact to the head. The incident was assessed as a $3000 sanction. The player can accept a $2000 sanction with an early plea. 

Incidents assessed:

Contact between the Gold Coast Suns’ Brayden Crossley and the Western Bulldogs’ Toby McLean from the first quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. It was the view of the match review officer that both players were contesting the ball and Crossley had no realistic alternative way to contest the ball. No further action was taken. 

Contact between St Kilda’s Jake Carlisle and Melbourne’s Jesse Hogan from the third quarter of Sunday’s match was assessed. The ball was kicked through for a point with Carlisle and Hogan coming towards the goal square, after the ball has passed the line and registered a score. On the behind-goal vision, Carlisle turns toward Hogan and makes contact with an open hand to the throat area of the Melbourne player. The umpire in control of the play is within five metres and pays a free kick to Hogan for high contact. It was the view of the Match Review Officer that there was high contact made to the Melbourne player and the contact was not excessively exaggerated by Hogan. It was also the view of the match review officer that the force used in the contact was below that required for a charge to be laid, and no further action was required after the free kick was paid.