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Danger charged, Roo and Blue cop bans

Young Blue handed two-match ban, Danger fined Riley Beveridge and MRO Michael Christian wrap up the round four Match Review findings

PATRICK Dangerfield is free to play in Geelong's Easter Monday blockbuster, though Carlton midfielder Will Setterfield and North Melbourne defender Luke McDonald weren't so lucky.

Setterfield has been offered a two-match ban by the Match Review for his dangerous tackle that knocked out Gold Coast's Wil Powell, while McDonald has been offered a one-game ban having concussed Adelaide's Chayce Jones with a wayward spoil over the weekend.

However, Dangerfield was far more fortunate, escaping with a $2000 fine following a spiteful duel with Greater Western Sydney tagger Matt de Boer on Saturday.

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The first incident, where Dangerfield caught de Boer with an elbow to the stomach, was graded as intentional conduct with low impact to the body by Michael Christian.

However, Christian chose not to sanction the Cats superstar for the second motion in the same incident, where Dangerfield narrowly missed de Boer's head with a swinging arm.

"It was absolutely assessed," Christian told AFL.com.au's The Verdict.

"But, in the end, it was determined that there was insufficient force to constitute offence."

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The single $2000 fine means Dangerfield will still be eligible for the Brownlow Medal.

Setterfield will miss the next two matches, after the developing Blues onballer was penalised for his tackle that concussed Suns midfielder Powell.

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The incident, which saw Setterfield drive Powell's head into the turf, was graded by Christian as careless conduct, with high impact to the head, equating to a two-week ban.

Setterfield will miss Carlton's games with the Western Bulldogs and Hawthorn if he accepts the ban.

 

McDonald is set to miss just one match, having concussed Jones with a late spoil.

Christian assessed the incident as careless conduct, with medium impact to the head, meaning he will be unavailable for North Melbourne's Good Friday clash with Essendon.

Kangaroos coach Brad Scott said on AFL 360 on Monday night that the club would challenge the ban at the Tribunal.

"Potentially I'm a bit biased. I suspect we’ll go to the tribunal on this one," he said.

"It's very doubtful that the contact that Luke made, in my view, contributed to the concussion."

 

There was good news for Brisbane forward Eric Hipwood, who escaped without punishment following an awkward incident where he kicked Essendon's David Myers in the face.

Myers left the field with blood pouring from his nose as a result of the incident, where Hipwood's studs collected his face, though the young Lion was not penalised.

 

Other incidents deemed worthy of sanctions over the weekend:

- Esava Ratugolea fined $2000 for kicking Shane Mumford in a ruck contest.
- Joel Selwood fined $1000 for making careless contact with an umpire.
- Tom Bellchambers fined $2000 for striking Dayne Zorko.
- Kamdyn McIntosh fined $1000 for a dangerous tackle on Ollie Wines.
- Tom Lynch ($1500), Dan Houston ($1000) and Dougal Howard ($1000) fined for their parts in a melee during Port Adelaide's
clash with Richmond.
- Jack Ziebell fined $2000 for rough conduct on Brad Crouch.
- Ben Cunnington fined $2500 for making careless contact with an umpire.