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AFL boss glad Brian Lake has to front tribunal

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Hawthorn defender Brian Lake chokes his opponent Drew Petrie.

Hawthorn defender Brian Lake chokes his opponent Drew Petrie. Photo: Channel Seven

AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan admits the ugly wrestle between Brian Lake and Drew Petrie was not good for the game.

The match review panel referred Lake directly to the tribunal for the incident during last Friday night's game, where he threw Petrie to the ground and grabbed the North Melbourne forward by the throat.

Petrie is also appearing at Tuesday night's tribunal hearing to challenge his own misconduct charge.

The review panel booked Petrie for making unreasonable and unnecessary contact with Lake's face in the same incident.

"I have to be careful - it's going to the tribunal tonight and I'm pleased it's going to the tribunal," McLachlan said of Lake's case.

"That's the right place to hear this.

"I agree - I don't think this is a good look for the game.

"As to whether Brian has done something wrong or is guilty or what his punishment should be, that's a decision for the tribunal."

-AAP

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