Gold Coast’s Nick Holman, Carlton’s Lachie Plowman and Richmond’s Marlion Pickett will all face the AFL tribunal to challenge suspensions.
Holman controversially received a two-game rough conduct ban for a run-down tackle on Geelong star Mitch Duncan during the Cats’ win on Saturday.
Duncan was subbed out under the concussion rule at half-time after smashing his head into the GMHBA Stadium turf in the strong tackle from behind.
Holman won a holding-the-ball free kick at the time — but match review officer Michael Christian considered it a dangerous tackle.
FoxFooty’s David King slammed the suspension and said Christian was “in the wrong job”.
“I’m big on (protecting) the head, but he hasn’t decided at any stage in that tackle to sling, or to slam, or to go after the head in any way shape or form. So I think that’s a football action,” King said on FoxFooty.
“Go your hardest (with suspensions) if you want to club someone in the back of the shoulder or the back of the head with an arm, if you want to punch someone in the face. You know what? Cop the full whack. But that shouldn’t even be going to the tribunal.
“They’ve overcorrected, they’ve panicked, they’ve jumped at shadows, missed a couple last week. I reckon the whole system has had a horror run for six weeks.”
Plowman’s collision with Hawthorn’s Jaeger O’Meara on Saturday also attracted a two-match ban for rough conduct.
O’Meara was dazed as he left the ground to be assessed for concussion and a knock to his shoulder but Carlton will argue Plowman kept his eye on the ball and was attempting to spoil when he made “unavoidable” contact.
“A fabric of our game is that we teach players from a young age to keep your eyes on the football when you enter a contest and that is exactly what both players have done in this contest,” Carlton football boss Brad Lloyd said.
“Lachie’s sole intent was to contest the football, which he rightfully did in a fair and reasonable manner when he arrived at the point of impact, incidentally at the same time as his opponent.
“Lachie’s eyes remained on the football the entire time and his intention was to spoil the football and any such collision was simply unavoidable.”
“We believe there are sufficient grounds to contest the charge at the tribunal.”
Richmond has confirmed they would challenge Pickett’s one-match ban for striking Brisbane’s Brandon Starcevich.
The dual-premiership Tiger was reported in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s game at the Gabba when he caught Starcevich with a high, late “coathanger” tackle — an incident that sparked a brief melee.