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Essendon's Jetta charged with staging

The incident which resulted in Leroy Jetta being charged with staging.

The incident which resulted in Leroy Jetta being charged with staging. Photo: Channel Seven

Essendon small forward Leroy Jetta is the first AFL player to be charged with staging.

Jetta can accept a written reprimand for his second-quarter theatrics on Saturday night against Richmond.

The AFL brought in staging as a tribunal offence at the start of last season and said at the time that there would be no financial or suspension penalty for a first offence.

"We expected significant discussion and that would be part of the deterrent,’’ an AFL spokesman said.

A second staging offence would attract a fine.

A week ago, the match review panel effectively gave St Kilda utility Brendon Goddard a warning for staging when they outlined why they had not charged him for an incident.

Jetta was also charged with striking Richmond defender Dylan Grimes and can accept a one-game suspension.

Greater Western Sydney player Toby Greene can also take a one-game ban for rough conduct against Brisbane’s Jed Adcock.

Western Bulldogs defender Dylan Addison was charged with striking Gold Coast's Harley Bennell and he will miss one match with an early plea.

North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey can accept a reprimand for striking Port Adelaide's Chad Wingard, while Power defender Jackson Trengove will also escape with a reprimand if he does not challenge his front-on contact charge against 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.



  • Does this mean that Josh Hunt got away with murder from Friday night's hit on Tyson Goldsack? You must be kidding me, first the MRP ignores the hip and shoulder charge that nearly broke Dayne Beams neck and now this??!!! Think about the message this is sending to the kids out there playing on a Saturday you buffoons.

    Date and time
    May 21, 2012, 6:03PM
    • the message: collingwood fans are self important and paranoid

      Date and time
      May 21, 2012, 7:51PM
  • Richo would have been crying after seeing Jettas hands in the back.

    Date and time
    May 21, 2012, 6:27PM
    • The whole MRP is a farce of fantastic proportions. Just a few weeks ago the Cat's Selwood gets away with punching someone's face - Jetta lays a granny slap and gets one. We all know why...

      Tonii Gramsci
      Date and time
      May 21, 2012, 6:45PM
      • Cool. So Leroy Jetta is officially a cheat. Now can we charge the three muppets in green who officiated the game with the same offence?

        Glenn of Blackburn
        Date and time
        May 21, 2012, 6:45PM
        • Jetta gets a reprimand for staging Goddard gets a logie, Harvey gets a reprimand for hitting elbow/punching wingate in the head , Addison gets a week for an elbow to the sola plexus this is the reason that there is absolutely no faith in the tribunal as well as the umpires. Maybe its time both groups wre made accountable for their decsions just as much as the players are.and the arbitrators would be players just to make it fair.

          Date and time
          May 21, 2012, 6:57PM
          • Looks like Lloyd is back at Windy Hill. Jetta recently graduated from the Mathew Lloyd school of diving.

            Date and time
            May 21, 2012, 7:02PM
            • Josh Hunt got away with hitting Goldsack.....obviously Goldsack must have been looking the other way because the serial squib Hunt only hits people who look the other way.
              As for Jetta and staging, is there a statute of limitations so Monfries can be charged with staging the impact of the head butt against Lewis last year? Is it a coincidence that these two play for the same club?

              Will Turner
              Date and time
              May 21, 2012, 7:07PM
              • When Ballentine got a clip from Scarlette, he went down like he'd copped Mike Tyon's right hook. So what! It's part of the game. Gary Lyon was the best at it and we all had a laugh.

                "Stageing" is more about blokes going down in a tackle pretending to be hit in head - aka soccer eg the disgrace of the final.... not theatrics after a goal.

                Focus people!

                Kevin S
                Date and time
                May 21, 2012, 7:35PM
                • just watched the incident on the AFL site - what a terrible sick joke!! how is that worse than Hayden Ballantyne screaming in Scarletts face and falling like he was hit by a Mike Tyson left hook not a soft jab - and that is all it was. The Richmond player moves towards Jetta with an intention to hit him - although Jetta was running towards the richmond player HE does not make contact and was still at least 2 feet away when the tiger moves into his hit!! well what else can I do for the rest of the winter now the AFL is off the agenda!! and this is just one of a number of ludicrous decisions by the MVP and on-field umpiring that is enuff, they are ruining our great game! IT'S A JOKE!!

                  Date and time
                  May 21, 2012, 7:52PM
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