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MRP full statement: round 20

The AFL wishes to advise the Match Review Panel has reviewed the weekend’s matches. The following charges were laid:

Mitch Clisby, Melbourne, has been charged after an investigation by the AFL Match Review Panel with a level four engaging in rough conduct Offence (425 demerit points, four-match sanction) for engaging in rough conduct against Alex Sexton, Gold Coast, during the fourth quarter of the Round 20 match between Melbourne and Gold Coast, played at Metricon Stadium on Saturday August 10, 2013.
 
In summary, he can accept a three-match sanction with an early plea.
 
Based on the investigation by the Match Review Panel, the incident was assessed as reckless conduct (two points), severe impact (four points) and body contact (one point). This is a total of seven activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level Four Offence, drawing 425 demerit points and a four-match sanction. He has no existing good or bad record. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to a 318.75 points and a three-match sanction.
 
Adam Schneider, St Kilda, has been charged with a level one engaging in rough conduct offence (125 demerit points, one-match sanction) for engaging in rough conduct against Brent Guerra, Hawthorn, during the third quarter of the Round 20 match between St Kilda and Hawthorn, played at Etihad Stadium on Friday August 9, 2013.
 
In summary, he can accept a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his future record with an early plea.
 
Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the Hawthorn Football Club, the incident was assessed as negligent conduct (one point), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points). This is a total of four activation points, resulting in a classification of a level one offence, drawing 125 demerit points and a one-match sanction. He has no good or bad record. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his future record.
 
Campbell Brown, Gold Coast Suns, has been charged with a level three misconduct offence (325 demerit points, three-match sanction) for misconduct in that he made unreasonable and unnecessary contact to the face of James Strauss, Melbourne, during the fourth quarter of the Round 20 match between the Gold Coast Suns and Melbourne, played at Metricon Stadium on Saturday August 10, 2013.
 
In summary, due to his previous poor record, his three-match sanction must remain at three matches, even with an early plea.
 
Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the Melbourne  Football Club, the incident was assessed as reckless conduct (two points), medium impact (two points) and high contact (two points). This is a total of six activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level Three Offence, drawing 325 demerit points and a three-match sanction. He has a bad record of six matches suspended within the last two years, increasing the penalty by 40 per cent to 455 demerit points and a four-match sanction. He also has 18.75 demerit points carried over from within the last 12 months, increasing the penalty to 473.75 points and a four-match sanction. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to 355.31 points and a three-match sanction.
 
Patrick Ryder, Essendon, has been charged with a level one engaging in rough conduct offence (125 demerit points, one-match sanction) for engaging in rough conduct against Jamie Cripps, West Coast during the second quarter of the Round 20 match between Essendon and West Coast, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday August 11, 2013.
 
In summary, due to his previous poor record, his one-match sanction must remain at one match, even with an early plea.
 
Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the West Coast Football Club, the incident was assessed as negligent conduct (one point), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points). This is a total of four activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level One offence, drawing 125 demerit points and a one-match sanction. He has three matches suspended within the last two years, increasing the penalty by 10 per cent to 137.50 points and a one-match sanction. He also has 68.25 demerit points carried over from within the last 12 months, increasing the penalty to 205.75 demerit points and a two-match sanction. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to 154.31 points and a one-match sanction.
 
Dustin Fletcher, Essendon, has been charged with a level three engaging in rough conduct offence (325 demerit points, three-match sanction) for engaging in rough conduct against Jamie Cripps, West Coast, during the fourth quarter of the Round 20 match between Essendon and West Coast, played at Etihad Stadium on Sunday August 11, 2013.
 
In summary, he can accept a two-match sanction with an early plea.
 
Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the West Coast Football Club, the incident was assessed as reckless conduct (two points), medium impact (two points) and high contact (two points). This is a total of six activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level Three offence, drawing 325 demerit points and a three-match sanction. He has no existing good or bad record. An early plea reduces the sanction by 25 per cent to 243.75 points and a two-match sanction.
 
Aaron Black, North Melbourne, has been charged with a level one engaging in rough conduct offence (125 demerit points, one-match sanction) for engaging in rough conduct against Rory Laird, Adelaide Crows, during the first quarter of the Round 20 match between North Melbourne and the Adelaide Crows, played at AAMI Stadium on Sunday August 11, 2013.
 
In summary, he can accept a reprimand and a 93.75 points towards his future record with an early plea.
 
Based on the video evidence available and a medical report from the Adelaide Crows Football Club, the incident was assessed as negligent conduct (one point), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points). This is a total of four activation points, resulting in a classification of a Level One offence, drawing 125 demerit points and a one-match sanction. He has no existing good or bad record. An early plea reduces the penalty by 25 per cent to a reprimand and 93.75 points towards his future record.
 
Other incidents assessed:
Contact between Hawthorn’s Cyril Rioli and St Kilda’s Jarryn Geary from the first quarter of Friday’s match was assessed. It was the view of the panel the force used was below that required to constitute a reportable offence. No further action was taken.
 
Contact between Port Adelaide’s Jackson Trengove and the Geelong Cats’ Mitch Duncan from the first quarter of Saturday’s match was assessed. The panel said Duncan had taken possession of the ball and then accelerated in a bid to break through a congested area of players. Trengove met Duncan with a tackle and took him to the ground in one motion. It was the view of the panel that Trengove’s actions were not unreasonable in the circumstances and no further action was taken.