PROMISING St Kilda defender Ben Long has been sent directly to the AFL Tribunal for his dangerous bump that concussed Sean Darcy on Saturday, while Essendon star Dylan Shiel has been offered a two-match ban for a similar incident involving Curtis Taylor.

Long faces a likely suspension of at least three matches, but perhaps more, after his rough conduct charge was graded by the Match Review as 'severe' impact due to Darcy failing to return to the field because of a concussion.


He will subsequently face the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night, but is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after electing to run beyond the football in order to lay the bump that collected Darcy to the head.

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Meanwhile, Shiel is facing the prospect of a fortnight out after his bump on Taylor was classified by Michael Christian as 'high' impact.

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North youngster Curtis Taylor was on the end of this big hit from Dylan Shiel

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Shiel also elected to bump his opponent, with Taylor assessed by North Melbourne's medical team before returning to the field after he was struck on the head by the point of the Essendon midfielder's shoulder.

The Saints play the Crows next Monday night, while the Bombers take on the Bulldogs next week, with both Long and Shiel likely to be unavailable for both of those respective encounters. The next phase of fixtures beyond round seven are yet to be known.

In other incidents assessed from Saturday's games, St Kilda ruckman Rowan Marshall was offered a $1000 striking fine while Adelaide midfielder Brad Crouch was offered a $500 misconduct sanction.

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St Kilda ruckman Rowan Marshall could be scrutinised by the Match Review Officer for this incident with Nathan Wilson

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