Brent Harvey is free to play in Friday’s AFL preliminary final after being cleared of rough conduct on Tuesday night.
North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey is free to play in his side’s AFL preliminary final against Sydney after he beat a rough conduct charge at the tribunal on Tuesday night.
The tribunal jury reportedly took just ten minutes to decide that the 383-game player’s contact on Joel Selwood was not forceful enough to warrant a suspension.
Selwood gave evidence during the hearing, saying he felt the contact was minimal.
Photographic evidence was submitted showing Selwood had received cuts above the eye in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Player advocate Will Houghton QC showed evidence from Champion Data which stated Selwood had been sent off 14 times in the past three seasons for the blood rule, the most of any player in the league.
Harvey said he was grateful to have Selwoodm come in to the tribunal to give evidence.
“He just came in and told the truth,” Harvey said.
“I’m so happy. I can’t express my feelings.
“Maybe the smile does a little bit.
“I missed the first final but I get to run out with them again this week so I’m absolutely stoked.”