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Ratten joins chorus of dissent, but Hunt fine to stand

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Martin Blake and Jared Lynch

Josh Hunt stands on Eddie Betts' hand.

Josh Hunt stands on Eddie Betts' hand.

CARLTON coach Brett Ratten yesterday joined a chorus of discontent about the result of the Josh Hunt hand-stepping case. But the AFL will not be taking any further action.

Ratten echoed former Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd's earlier doubts about the match review panel's decision to fine Hunt, rather than suspend him for stepping on the hand of Carlton's Eddie Betts last Friday night. ''What can you say? The decisions that are made [by the MRP], they go right down to grassroots footy,'' Ratten said.

''Are these the things that we want to see when we go and watch our kids play footy? They make the decisions. I just sit there, see what happens in the game and coach the team. It's not my decision to comment, but you wouldn't like to go to junior footy and see that happening.''

Josh Hunt was fined for stepping on Eddie Betts' hand.

Josh Hunt was fined for stepping on Eddie Betts' hand. Photo: Joe Armao

Hunt yesterday accepted the MRP's offer of a $1350 fine. Under AFL rules, charges of misconduct are generally dealt with by fines.

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou brushed off criticism of the penalty yesterday. ''The match review panel operates independently and that's their view and they are probably closer to it than I am,'' he said.

In his video explanation of the Hunt penalty, MRP chairman Mark Fraser said Hunt was not suspended because the act did not constitute stomping.

Geelong utility Paul Chapman said yesterday: ''He [Hunt] … had no idea that he'd done it, so he was a little bit surprised by the penalty. It didn't look great on camera, so he's stiff in some respects but also lucky in another. He'll just take his hit and move on and be better for it.''

In other MRP decisions yesterday, Melbourne's Luke Tapscott was offered a one-match suspension on a guilty plea for striking Collingwood's Alex Fasolo during the Queen's Birthday game at the MCG. Tapscott's strike was adjudged to be a level three offence.

Collingwood Brownlow medallist Dane Swan has been offered a reprimand with 45 carry-over points if he pleads guilty to tripping Melbourne's Sam Blease in Monday's game, while Magpie defender Nathan Brown escaped sanction despite breaking the nose of Melbourne's Colin Sylvia in an off-the-ball incident.

The MRP viewed the incident as an accidental head clash.

Essendon's Alwin Davey pleaded guilty and accepted a two-game ban for rough play against Sydney's Dan Hannebery, while Fremantle's Hayden Ballantyne will miss one match for elbowing Richmond's Chris Newman.

21 comments so far

  • ok it's official Paul Chapman has got brain damage - ''He [Hunt] … had no idea that he'd done it, so he was a little bit surprised by the penalty".
    Have a PROPER look at the footage Chappy he actually lifted his foot and deliberately stood on Betts hand... yes he placed his foot down not once on Betts hand but TWICE, the 2nd time to get more effect and stop Eddie from using his hand to get rid of the ball.
    The Match Review Panel is a joke and so is Demetriou if they think that a piffling fine is a proper penalty

    Commenter
    stephen
    Location
    geelong
    Date and time
    June 13, 2012, 11:49AM
    • Did you really expect Chapman to say anything different?

      Commenter
      Dookes
      Date and time
      June 13, 2012, 2:16PM
  • I'm a Geelong supporter and Hunt should have got a week.
    But please no more bleating from Ratten after his "Blue Eyed Boy" got off an eye gouging charge last year!

    Commenter
    Rob S
    Location
    Hampton
    Date and time
    June 13, 2012, 11:50AM
    • What makes the act more astounding is that it came from a player who has a history of taking hs eye off the ball - maybe that's why he coundn't see his hand because it was close to the ball. Comment from Chappy absolute gold - "He'll take his hit" - I'd like to see that.

      Commenter
      Observer
      Location
      Wagga Wagga
      Date and time
      June 13, 2012, 12:32PM
      • Since when are coaches allowed to comment on the penalties of opposition players? Stop your squeeling Ratten, you're an embarrassment to your club.

        Commenter
        El Scotto
        Date and time
        June 13, 2012, 12:40PM
        • Pathetic MRP pathetic, but just a reflection of the overall job you do. ALL the weekend review decisions/findings were inconsistent and undermine the game itself.

          You, the MRP, are now the clearly the worst part of the game!!!

          Commenter
          jack
          Location
          melb
          Date and time
          June 13, 2012, 12:41PM
          • I don't know if it warranted anything more than a fine. It's not appropriate to stomp on someones hand. But to stand on it like that wasn't really intended to hurt and maim - just prevent Bett's from getting the ball out.

            Commenter
            Bushy
            Location
            the Bush
            Date and time
            June 13, 2012, 1:11PM
            • I don't follow either team, so no bias. But when I saw this happen it was clearly malicious and intentional and my assessment was that he would go for a few weeks. A fine is a joke, sends the wrong message to footballers everywhere, and again demonstrates the incompetence of the match review committee.

              Commenter
              Roberto
              Date and time
              June 13, 2012, 1:26PM
              • I think the full quote from Chapman was something like this, from what I saw of the interview on the news: "He thought that he had no idea that he'd done it, so he was a little bit surprised by the penalty." Sounded really convincing, Paul.
                Of course it was deliberate and he should have been penalised significantly more. The system is so inconsistent and unpredictable and would appear to go against common sense.
                If he was offered one week with a guilty plea, I am sure he would have taken it and not contested.

                Commenter
                Gideon Grope
                Location
                Toorak
                Date and time
                June 13, 2012, 2:24PM
                • The MRP is a complete and utter joke. Hunt gets off deliberately stomping a hand. Buddy gets off a sling tackle that is much worse than many others that have received penalties because he was "lucky" the player was not injured even though the intent was there. Davey gets 3 weeks for what looks like a fair bump that did not connect high from the video footage because the player was subbed out. This all opens a can of worms just waiting for legal action in the courts. One of the clubs need to have the balls to take on the AFL/MRP in the courts over these inconsistant decisions or it will never get fixed.

                  Commenter
                  Gordie
                  Location
                  Melbourne
                  Date and time
                  June 13, 2012, 2:30PM

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