Geelong Cats star made to pay for carryover points after latest on-field incident.
Geelong midfielder Steve Johnson’s poor tribunal record has cost him dearly, with the AFL match review panel (MRP) handing the him a one-week suspension.
Johnson was reported after head-butting Fremantle’s Ryan Crowley on Saturday night, and due to his poor record and carry-over demerit points, he is unable to reduce the sentence with an early plea.
Melbourne’s Chris Dawes has been offered a one-week ban for striking Richmond’s Alex Rance, while Fremantle ruckman Zac Clarke can accept a reprimand for his strike on Johnson.
The news was better for Sydney, however, as both Dan Hanneberry and Nick Malceski had their cases dismissed by the MRP.
Hannebery made contact with the head of Essendon’s Michael Hurley on Friday night, but the MRP deemed the contact to be unavoidable and incidental.
Malceski had been sighted for making contact with an umpire after a clash with Troy Pannell left the umpire briefly knocked out.
The MRP ruled the contact was completely accidental, however, and Malceski had no case to answer.