AFL fines Richmond’s Dustin Martin $7,500 for middle finger and snorting gestures

Posted April 10, 2019 15:23:44

Richmond linchpin Dustin Martin has been fined $7,500 by the AFL for the on-field gestures he made against Greater Western Sydney on Saturday, although two-thirds of the sanction has been suspended.

Key points:

  • $5,000 of the AFL fine handed to Dustin Martin is suspended until the end of the 2020 season
  • Martin apologised for his actions via Twitter, admitting he was frustrated
  • He will serve a one-match suspension for a striking charge this round

Martin will have to pay $2,500 up front, with $5,000 suspended until the end of the 2020 season, after he raised his middle finger towards a Giants player and appeared to also make an action that he was snorting drugs.

It has been alleged that Martin made the hand gesture towards Giants ruckman Shane Mumford, who was returning from a two-match suspension after a video surfaced of him snorting a white powder last year.

Martin tweeted an apology on Tuesday, admitting frustration got the better of him during the Giants match.

“Frustrating one on the weekend !! I understand my reaction is not a good look for the game.. I apologise for my actions . Thanks,” Martin tweeted.

The AFL had issued Martin with a “please explain” notice on Monday night after reviewing the incidents from the Tigers’ 49-point loss to the Giants in Homebush.

The match proved expensive for Martin, who was also fined $1,500 for striking the Giants’ Matt de Boer, while he will serve a one-match suspension for striking Adam Kennedy.

Martin had been offered a two-match ban for the off-the-ball incident involving Kennedy but he successfully had the suspension reduced to one week at the tribunal on Tuesday night.

His lawyers argued the contact with his Giants opponent was low impact, rather than medium.

“He still gets a week, which is a bit sad, but it was a good hearing and they listened to us,” Tigers’ football manager Neil Balme told reporters after the tribunal hearing.

Martin was checked closely throughout the loss to the Giants by GWS tagger de Boer, and Tigers coach Damien Hardwick later suggested his star midfielder had been provoked by the endless attention.

Kennedy gave evidence at Tuesday night’s hearing, saying he had moved into Martin’s path “just to be a little bit of a nuisance” and describing the hit from Martin — which initially made contact with his shoulder — as “a good knock”.

Martin will miss this week’s clash with Port Adelaide but is free to face Sydney in round five.

He is ineligible for the Brownlow Medal, which he won in Richmond’s 2017 premiership season.

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