Jetta makes AFL history with charge
Essendon small forward Leroy Jetta is the first AFL player to be charged with staging and also faces a one-game suspension for striking.
Jetta is facing a written reprimand, but no other penalty for his over-reaction to a bump from Richmond defender Steven Morris last Saturday night at the MCG.
Match review panel chairman Mark Fraser described the behaviour as “unsportsmanlike”.
Jetta would face a $1600 fine for a second staging offence.
He had just kicked a goal in the second term when he ran up to Morris, who reacted by bumping him.
The Essendon forward theatrically dropped to the ground as he tried to milk a free kick from the minor incident.
“Leroy Jetta falls to the ground and then holds his face and we believe this is unsportsmanlike in nature and worthy of a charge of staging,” Fraser told the AFL website.
It came a week after the match review panel assessed St Kilda utility Brendon Goddard for the same offence, but did not charge him.
The league introduced staging as an offence at the start of the 2010 season and had also officially looked at Port Adelaide’ Kane Cornes and North Melbourne’s Brady Rawlings without charging them.
When the AFL brought in the offence, they said there would be no financial penalty for a first offence.
“We expected significant discussion and that would be part of the deterrent,” an AFL spokesman said.
Jetta was charged with striking Richmond defender Dylan Grimes, also in the second term, and cannot reduce the one-game ban with an early plea because he has a poor record.
The only way Jetta can avoid the suspension is if he successfully takes the case to the tribunal.
North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey can avoid suspension for striking Port Adelaide’s Chad Wingard.
Harvey will receive a reprimand and carryover points if he takes an early plea.
Greater Western Sydney player Toby Greene can also take a one-game ban for rough conduct against Brisbane’s Jed Adcock.
Dylan Addison was charged with striking Gold Coast’s Harley Bennell and he will miss one match with an early plea, further weakening the depleted Western Bulldogs defence.
Power defender Jackson Trengove will escape with a reprimand if he does not challenge his front-on contact charge against North Melbourne’s Kieran Harper.
Kangaroos small forward Lindsay Thomas was fined $900 for an obscene gesture and star West Coast midfielder Daniel Kerr faces the same penalty for negligent umpire contact.© AAP 2013