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Fyfe, Mitchell free to play as Selwood misses a match

Stars banned; Fyfe, Mitchell fined Nathan Schmook and Matt Thompson review the round 15 MRP findings

GEELONG has decided not to challenge captain Joel Selwood's one-match suspension for a 'chicken wing' tackle, ruling him out of Saturday's clash against the Western Bulldogs.

All charges from round 15 were accepted, with Collingwood midfielder Taylor Adams also choosing not to take his two-match ban for kneeing to the Tribunal on Tuesday night.  

After a frantic Monday for the Match Review Panel, Nat Fyfe and Sam Mitchell were deemed free to play in round 16 after they were offered them fines for rough conduct charges. 

North Melbourne veteran Drew Petrie was also been offered a one-match ban for striking, while Richmond's Tyrone Vickery accepted a two-game ban for rough conduct that left Carlton's Michael Jamison concussed.

Melbourne's Jeremy Howe was cleared of rough conduct after a tackle that forced Essendon's Alex Browne to be subbed out with concussion.

But it was Brownlow Medal favourite Fyfe who was breathing the biggest sigh of relief, with the midfielder able to accept a $1500 fine for his high contact on Hawk Taylor Duryea.

Although it is his second fine of the season, Fyfe is still eligible to win the Brownlow Medal after a brilliant season. But he is walking a tightrope, with one more fine seeing him cop an immediate one-week ban.

Fyfe was not cited for his contact with Hawthorn midfielder Liam Shiels in the first term, with the MRP grading the incident as below the force required for a report.

Mitchell accepted a $1000 fine for his raised knee that forced Fyfe from the field for treatment on a sore thigh. 

Mitchell's knee hit on the star Dockers midfielder was assessed as an intentional action with low impact, coming three weeks he was cleared for a similar incident involving Adelaide skipper Taylor Walker.

St Kilda ruckman Billy Longer is free to face Richmond on Saturday, after being fined $1500 for his strike on Greater Western Sydney midfielder Lachie Whitfield.

Sydney Swans defender Jeremy Laidler was also hit with a $1000 fine for his strike on Brisbane Lions midfielder Allen Christensen.

Although Sam Wright spoke on Monday and said the tackle involving Selwood was "blown out of proportion", the MRP said the incident should be classified as intentional conduct with medium impact.

The two-week sanction was reduced to a one-match ban with an early guilty plea.

Vickery's bad record meant his two-week ban could not be downgraded with an early plea, with his bump on Jamison classified as careless and high contact.

The same applied for Adams, whose bad record with the MRP saw his two-week suspension for kneeing Westhoff during Thursday night's loss to the Power remain. The MRP viewed his kneeing as intentional conduct.