3 WEEK BAN, KELLY A REPRIMAND, PODSIADLY CLEARED
MATTHEW SCARLETT has accepted a 3 match suspension offered up by the AFL's Match Review Panel while James Kelly escapes a ban. Along with James Podsiadly who was cleared by the MRP, Scarlett and Kelly were reported for striking during Saturday night's loss to the Dockers at Subiaco. Scarlett struck Fremantle serial pest Hayden Ballantyne with a left hook in the third quarter, who immediately hit the deck and kicked what many are calling the 'winning goal', a bonus gimme at the goalsquare.
Under the complicated but proven fair points system Scarlett started off with 325 points and a 3 week suspension; but before the 25% early payment or early plea discount was applied to bring it under 300, due to his poor record he had a 20% loading applied (sounds like the health insurance deal doesn't it?), and adding on a previous ~55 points from last season, he has around 445 points and a compulsory 4 week holiday. Fortunately for Scarlett and the Cats the 25% discount then kicked in, reducing his penalty points to 333.5 - a 3 week ban and 33.5 carryover points.
Kelly escaped with 93.75 points for striking Docker Tendai Mzungu, thanks to a 25% discount for a good record in recent seasons, but will almost certainly be suspended if found guilty of another offence in the next season or two. Podsiadly appeared to strike Freo's Nick Suban but in the words of the MRP, 'the force used was below that required to constitute a reportable offence' and it's case closed, the report was thrown out.
AFL 2012, ROUND 1
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SATURDAY 31 MARCH 2012 19:45 AEDT
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