Fremantle’s Nat Fyfe and Geelong’s Gary Ablett will both be available to play in Round 9 after the AFL’s Match Review Officer Michael Christian confirmed on Monday that he had decided not to suspend either player.
Ablett struck North Melbourne’s Sam Wright in the second quarter of the match between the Cats and the Kangaroos on Sunday afternoon.
Christian judged the incident as being high contact and an intentional striking action, however deemed that it was of insufficient force to be considered a reportable offence.
The incident was considerd simillar to Ablett’s high contact on Dylan Shiel in the previous round, for which Christian offered Ablett a one-match ban before Geelong successfully had the ruling overturned at the tribunal.
Christian’s ruling on Nat Fyfe’s contact with Tom Lynch was essentially the same: high contact, but not with enough force to make it a reportable offence, meaning no penalty.
The MRO did however offer a one-week suspension to North Melbourne’s Sam Durdin for engaging in rough conduct with Geelong’s Gary Rohan.
He also whacked Hawthorn’s James Frawley with a $2000 fine for rough conduct on Jeremy Cameron which saw the Coleman medal leader flung into the fence at the MCG.
Sam Walsh and Jeremy McGovern also copped financial penalties for incidents on the weekend, while an incident between Taylor Garner and Tom Stewart was assessed but no penalty handed down.