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Panel clears Cats skipper

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Jesse Hogan

JOEL Selwood remains in Brownlow Medal contention after the match review panel deemed his contact to the face of Brisbane's Andrew Raines was too light to warrant a charge.

"The two players are ahead of the ball and running upfield. Selwood makes high contact to Raines with his left hand," the panel's report said. "After receiving a medical report from the Brisbane Lions Football Club, it was the view of the panel the force used was below that required to constitute a report. No further action was taken."

Selwood had been facing a three-match suspension if found guilty of the behind-play incident but is now free to lead Geelong in its home match against Melbourne on Saturday.

Raines has been offered a three-match suspension for striking Selwood in retaliation, although the penalty can be cut to one match with a guilty plea due to his good record over the past five years.

St Kilda's Leigh Montagna has been offered a two-match suspension for striking Melbourne's James Magner, as has West Coast's Will Schofield for striking Richmond's Jack Riewoldt.

The Western Bulldogs' Patrick Veszpremi can accept a reprimand for rough conduct, for leaning into GWS' Tomas Bugg with his head. Adelaide spearhead Taylor Walker can also accept a reprimand, for forceful front-on contact to Port Adelaide's Jacob Surjan.

Gold Coast debutant Kyal Horsley can also accept a $900 fine for negligent umpire contact.

45 comments

  • The decisions of the MRP are becoming increasingly irrational. Perhaps their moniker actually means Must Receive Publicity.........

    Commenter
    Sandy
    Location
    Sandy
    Date and time
    April 30, 2012, 5:39PM
    • Anyone else see this coming? (Raines certainly didn't !) I cannot believe the arrogance and hypocrisy that the review panel have exhibited. Protect the head, or protect the brownlow favourite?

      Commenter
      Jamo46
      Location
      Newstead
      Date and time
      April 30, 2012, 5:45PM
      • Agree. The name Judd comes to mind also.

        Commenter
        Professor Bollocks
        Date and time
        April 30, 2012, 6:00PM
    • Not a Cats or Lions fan but seriously?? No wonder there is an attitude amongst supporters that protected species exist in this league. So Raines cops 3 based on the fact that Selwood goes to ground? How do we know that he was injured and not playing it up for a free? I don't think there was much in either hit, but the MRP needed to give both players a week to set the standard for the rest of the competition. If Selwood has a poor record which increases that then so be it. However, to give both players involved in the same incident different penalties based on a subjective measure (ie Selwood going to ground and the reasons why) is ridiculous. Raines as the "no name player" gets treated more harshly than the star. Terrible decision.

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      Kempy
      Location
      Adelaide
      Date and time
      April 30, 2012, 5:50PM
      • Looks like Raines needs to enrol in the Selwood School of Acting. What an performance from Selwood, hitting someone with a closed fist and getting nothing and Raines retaliates with an open hand slap and gets possibly three weeks. What a joke the AFL has become, encouraging diving cheats.

        Commenter
        Mike
        Location
        Work
        Date and time
        April 30, 2012, 5:54PM
        • So a soft slap behind play is allowed? what kind of message does that give? ridiculius!

          Commenter
          Naughtybudgie
          Location
          Southbank
          Date and time
          April 30, 2012, 5:55PM
          • Agreed, it gives ALL 'lower' level players a green light.

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            jack
            Location
            melb
            Date and time
            April 30, 2012, 7:57PM
        • What a disgrace! Selwood is a bad tempered troublemaker and is constantly involved in nasty niggling. Pity Raines didn't really hammer him. Brendan Goddard is exactly the same. If either of these two ever win a Brownlow I'm off to AAMI Park

          Commenter
          Prickly
          Location
          Melb
          Date and time
          April 30, 2012, 5:58PM
          • actually when he was suspended last year was his first time ever reported. I am tipping you actually dont watch many Geelong games if you think that

            Commenter
            CA
            Location
            Melbourne
            Date and time
            April 30, 2012, 6:43PM
          • A bad tempered trouble maker? Surely you jest!
            Selwood is arguably the best ball player going around. He gets more contested possesions than almost anyone else and would have a clean tribunal sheet if only his opponents kept their eyes on the ball and not on his head.

            Commenter
            Corbachov
            Location
            Beaumaris
            Date and time
            April 30, 2012, 7:52PM

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