WEST Coast forward Willie Rioli has been offered a one-match ban for rough conduct on Gold Coast midfielder Matt Rowell, compounding the Eagles' early-season injury crisis. 

Adelaide captain Rory Sloane is also facing a week on the sidelines after making intentional contact to the eye region of Fremantle wingman Blake Acres in Sunday's clash at Adelaide Oval. 

Rioli cannoned into Rowell in the third quarter of the Eagles' loss to the Suns at Optus Stadium, leaving the ground and colliding with the young star who had just got hands to the ball while running with the flight. 


The incident was graded as careless conduct, medium impact and high contact, resulting in a one-match ban that brings Rioli's comeback to a halt.

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Rowell was able to play on after the incident, but changes to the Match Review system in 2022 mean the potential to cause serious injury is given more weight for high bumps. 

If the Eagles accept the penalty, Rioli will miss Sunday's clash against North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium. 

The club could also opt to challenge the penalty, with coach Adam Simpson noting post-match that no free kick had been paid for the incident. 

Sloane was cited by the MRO for an incident in the first quarter, which was assessed as intentional conduct, low impact and high contact. 

Rory Sloane walks off the ground with his Adelaide teammates after losing to Fremantle in R1, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

The midfielder will miss Saturday's clash against Collingwood at the MCG if he accepts the penalty. 

Three fines were handed out as part of the MRO's review of Sunday's matches, with Dockers midfielder Caleb Serong offered a $2000 penalty for striking Adelaide defender Jordon Butts. 

The incident was graded careless conduct, low impact and high contact. 

Gold Coast half-back Wil Powell was offered a $1000 fine for tripping Eagles forward Jack Petruccelle.