AFL 2022: Latest news from the match review officer and tribunal
Collingwood livewire Jack Ginnivan got under the skin of Richmond defenders and one will pay the price. See all the round 8 findings from the MRO.
Richmond defender Rhyan Mansell will be suspended for elbowing Jack Ginnivan in the head during a late skirmish in the Tigers’ victory against Collingwood.
Mansell dived over a pack to ensure Ginnivan didn’t win the ball but appeared to elbow the livewire forward multiple times in the back of the head.
The incident was graded as a low-impact intentional strike to the head which triggers a one-week suspension. Mansell clearly made contact with enough force for it to be considered a reportable offence rather than misconduct.
He would likely have lost his spot in the Richmond side anyway given the Tigers can recall Nick Vlastuin and Dion Prestia against Hawthorn next Saturday.
Coach Damien Hardwick said the pair were automatic selections next week as the Tigers attempt to move to 5-4 and a positive win-loss ratio for the first time this year.
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GWS forward Jesse Hogan has escaped sanction after his forearm concussed Jed Bews as he attempted to shrug off the Geelong utility.
Hogan picked the ball up and almost instantly confronted Bews and fended him off in an action that saw his opponent subbed out of the Cats’ win.
The MRO ruled Hogan’s actions were “not unreasonable in the circumstances”, distinguishing it from a similar elbow fend-off that saw GWS forward Toby Greene suspended for a strike on Patrick Dangerfield last year.
That hit was assessed as medium impact and a two-week suspension but the tribunal downgraded it to low impact and a one-week ban.
He was judged not to have taken reasonable care to avoid Dangerfield, but Hogan’s action could easily be assessed as a football accident given he was only just standing up after bending over to pick up the ball.
Eagle Jack Redden can accept a $2000 fine for rough conduct.
Originally published as AFL 2022: Latest news from the match review officer and tribunal