Gold Coast Suns utility Steven May has failed in his bid to have to overturn a rough conduct charge for his high bump on Brisbane Lions skipper Tom Rockliff.
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Rockliff was knocked unconscious by the bump as he and May contested the ball directly in front of Brisbane’s goal at Metricon Stadium on Saturday.
The AFL match review panel offered May a two-match ban with an early guilty plea, however he decided to contest the ban at the tribunal.
According to Fairfax Media, May argued he had no other option than to bump Rockliff.
The 23-year-old said his only other options were to dive at the ball on the ground and risk taking Rockliff’s legs out, or backing away from the contest altogether.
AFL legal counsel Jeff Gleeson believed May showed no bad intent, rather that he was just unlucky to make contact with Rockliff’s jaw.
“It wasn’t dirty, it wasn’t a cheap shot and it was in play,” Gleeson is quoted as saying by AFL.com.au.
“He just collected the wrong part of Mr Rockliff.”
Check out the bump below: