RICHMOND superstar Dustin Martin has been fined $2500 for his controversial pair of hand gestures towards Greater Western Sydney players during a fiery encounter on Saturday.
Martin has been fined a total of $7500, with $5000 suspended until the end of 2020, for raising his middle finger towards a Giants player and then appearing to imitate snorting drugs.
He has also sent a written apology to the AFL, explaining his actions during the clash at Giants Stadium.
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It has been alleged that Martin made the second hand gesture towards Giants ruckman Shane Mumford, who was returning from a two-game suspension after a video surfaced of him snorting a white powder late last year.
Martin apologised for his gestures on Wednesday afternoon, saying on Twitter: "Frustrating one on the weekend. I understand my reaction is not a good look for the game. I apologise for my actions. Thanks."
Frustrating one on the weekend !! I understand my reaction is not a good look for the game.. I apologise for my actions . Thanks— Dustin Martin (@DustinMartin4) April 10, 2019
The AFL issued a 'please explain' to Martin for the hand gestures on Monday, with the 2017 Brownlow Medal winner forced to provide a written response by Tuesday evening.
It was a frustrating weekend for Martin, who was also suspended for one game after intentionally elbowing Adam Kennedy in an incident that occurred around 80m from the ball.
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Dustin Martin stuck up the middle finger towards a Giants player. pic.twitter.com/LySIkzQWo0— AFL.com.au (@AFLcomau) April 6, 2019
He had initially been offered a two-game penalty by the Match Review Officer, but was successful in reducing his suspension to just one match at the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night.
Martin was also fined $1500 for an elbow to the midriff of Matt de Boer later in the same game.
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