CARLTON'S Will Hayes has been offered a two-match ban for a dangerous tackle, but a kneeing report against Richmond's Toby Nankervis was thrown out.

Hayes tackled Geelong utility Sam Menegola to the ground after not realising his opponent had already lost control of the ball during the Blues' 30-point loss to the Cats on Saturday night.

Although the tackle didn't appear to be malicious, Menegola's head struck the ground and he had no way of protecting himself, an action that ensured the Match Review Officer (MRO) handed Hayes a two-match ban.


Menegola had to be substituted out of the match due to concussion.

The incident was assessed as careless conduct, high impact and high contact.

Will Hayes kicks the ball during Carlton's clash with Geelong in round 18, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

The match-day report laid against Nankervis for kneeing North Melbourne's Flynn Perez was dismissed.

It was the view of the MRO that Nankervis' actions did not constitute a reportable offence.

Geelong forward Jeremy Cameron was slapped with a $1000 fine for making careless contact with an umpire.

Collingwood's Beau McCreery was handed a $2000 sanction for striking Adelaide's Patrick Parnell.