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Kelly perturbed by Stevie J decision

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Jared Lynch

TRIPLE Geelong premiership player James Kelly admits it's becoming increasingly difficult for players to know what they can do on the field in the wake of the match review panel's decision to suspend mercurial forward Steve Johnson for rough conduct.

Kelly today joined Cats' football manager Neil Balme in questioning the panel's decision.

The midfielder said Johnson was surprised he was cited for bumping unsuspecting Swan Dan Hannebery about 30 metres ahead of play during the Cats' 34-point victory of Sydney at the weekend.

Balme said yesterday it was a "trivial" incident
but the Cats chose not to challenge the ban because in doing so they forgo a 25 per cent penalty discount and risk losing Johnson for two matches. Earlier this year coach Chris Scott also weighed in on the debate, saying the tribunal looked for any piece of evidence to uphold the match review panel's decision.

Kelly admitted it was becoming increasing difficult for players.

"These days it is getting harder and harder to be an AFL footballer and especially out on the ground, with so much happening and so many decisions you have got to make in such a short space of time," Kelly said.

"It's getting really, really hard to know what you can and can't do."

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