Brian Lake must face the AFL tribunal on Tuesday after the match review panel declined to set its own punishment for his choke on Drew Petrie.
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Hawthorn's Brian Lake will face the AFL tribunal on Tuesday following an incident between the defender and North Melbourne's Drew Petrie on Friday night.
The panel had the option of imposing a financial penalty on Lake, as it did recently for Greater Western Sydney's Jeremy Cameron and Richmond's Ty Vickery for headlocks.
Petrie was offered a reprimand for unnecessary contact to the face of Lake but declined, with his coach Brad Scott confirming on Monday night on Talking Footy the club would fight the charge at the tribunal on Tuesday night. In doing so the Kangaroos risk losing him for Saturday's home match against St Kilda in Hobart.
The panel, armed with a medical report on Lake it sought from Hawthorn, deemed Petrie's actions to have been negligent, low impact and high contact, triggering a 125-point penalty. A guilty plea would have cleared him to face the Saints but saddled him with 93.75 carry-over points, putting him on the brink of suspension for the next year.
On Sunday, Petrie said any contact to Lake had been unintended, but added he was bracing for punishment.
''I didn't mean to gouge or scratch him,'' he said on The Sunday Footy Show. "[But] I'm sure come [Monday] there'll be something go on and we might hear more about it.
"If that was my doing, putting the scratch on his face, I didn't mean to scratch him. I'm not a scratcher or a gouger or anything like that. I was just engaged in a bit of a wrestle and grabbed at something, as he had hold of me as well.''
Essendon's bid to follow up its morale-boosting win against Port Adelaide against arch-rival Collingwood this weekend has been hurt by a one-match suspension offered to midfielder Brendon Goddard for rough conduct against Kane Cornes.
West Coast forward Josh Kennedy has been offered a one-match suspension for rough conduct against Sydney's Zak Jones, a penalty that has been lessened from a base penalty of three matches due to his good record.
The incidents involving Goddard and Kennedy were deemed serious enough - Jones had to be substituted after the high bump he received from Kennedy in the second minute of the match - for at least a one-match ban.
Both players risk a two-match ban if they elect to fight the charge at the tribunal.
Gold Coast defender Rory Thompson and Brisbane Lions midfield general Tom Rockliff were each given a 125-point penalty for minor strikes. Thompson can escape with a reprimand, but Rockliff cannot because he is saddled with 69.75 carry-over points.
Rockliff would not risk missing a second match if he fought the case at the tribunal and lost.
GWS ruckman Shane Mumford has been offered a reprimand and 60 carry-over points for a negligent high strike on Adelaide's Josh Jenkins. He could go to the tribunal without risking missing a match if his challenge failed.
The Lions' Claye Beams has been offered a $1950 fine for a first offence for reckless umpire contact.
Essendon's Paul Chapman and Port Adelaide's Robbie Gray were cleared of strikes against each other as they scuffled.
MATCH REVIEW PANEL - ROUND 16
Luke McDonald (NM) tripping Luke Breust (Haw). Reckless, low impact, body contact. 80 points (reprimand); 60 with guilty plea (reprimand).
Drew Petrie (NM) unnecessary contact to face of Brian Lake (Haw). Negligent, low impact, high contact. 125 points (1 match).
Brian Lake (Haw) misconduct against Drew Petrie (NM). Referred directly to tribunal.
Shane Mumford (GWS) striking Josh Jenkins (Adel). Negligent, low impact, high contact. 80 points (reprimand); 60 with guilty plea (reprimand).
Tom Rockliff (BL) striking Alex Rance (Rich). Intentional, low impact, body contact. 125 points up due to carry-over points to 193.75 (1 match); 145.31 with guilty plea (1 match)
Claye Beams (BL) first offence reckless umpire contact. $2600 fine; $1950 with guilty plea.
Rory Thompson (GC) striking Travis Cloke (Coll). Intentional, low impact, body contact. 125 points (1 match); 93.75 with guilty plea (reprimand).
Brendon Goddard (Ess) rough conduct to Kane Cornes (PA). Intentional, low impact, body contact. 225 points (2 matches); 168.75 with guilty plea (1 match).
Josh Kennedy (WC) rough conduct to Jones (Syd). Negligent, high impact, high contact. 325 down due to good record to 243.75 (2 matches); 182.81 with guilty plea (1 match)
Investigated but not charged:
Sam Mitchell (Haw) misconduct for kneeing Scott Thompson (NM).
Callan Ward (GWS) rough conduct to Rory Laird (Adel)
Paul Chapman (Ess) striking Robbie Gray (PA)
Robbie Gray (PA) striking Paul Chapman (Ess)
Eric Mackenzie (WC) striking Lance Franklin (Syd)