Richmond goes to the tribunal to challenge Dustin Martin’s two-match AFL ban

Updated April 09, 2019 13:17:02

Richmond star Dustin Martin will face the AFL tribunal on Tuesday evening after the Tigers opted to challenge his two-match suspension for striking.

Key points:

  • Dustin Martin faces a two-match ban for striking the Giants’ Adam Kennedy
  • Martin was offered a fine for striking another Giants player, Matt de Boer
  • The AFL has asked Martin to “please explain” the gestures he used during the match

Martin was cited for an off-the-ball strike on the Giants’ Adam Kennedy at the Sydney Showground on Saturday.

The AFL confirmed on Tuesday that the tribunal would sit at 5:00pm AEST.

The match review panel graded the incident — in which Martin elbowed Kennedy — as intentional conduct with medium impact and high contact to the head.

Realistically the best result for Richmond would be to convince the tribunal that the impact was low rather than medium, which would still result in a one-match ban, ruling him out of Saturday’s away match against Port Adelaide.

If he fails in his appeal he would also miss the following week against the Sydney Swans at Docklands and would make him ineligible for the Brownlow.

The 2017 Brownlow Medallist accepted a $1,500 fine for another striking incident in the game against GWS, where he hit tagger Matt de Boer.

The AFL has also given Martin until close of business today to explain why he raised his middle finger at an opponent and also imitated snorting drugs.

The speculation is that the drugs sledge was directed at the Giants’ Shane Mumford, who was suspended for the opening two matches of season after a video emerged of him snorting white powder.

A suspension would add to Richmond’s early-season woes, with Alex Rance out for the season after undergoing a knee reconstruction and Jack Riewoldt sidelined with a wrist injury.

Tigers captain Trent Cotchin is set to be ruled out of the match against the Power because of a hamstring injury.

Meanwhile, Port Adelaide pair Zak Butters and Scott Lycett accepted $2,000 fines for incidents from the Power’s 17-point loss to Brisbane at the Gabba on Saturday night.

Fremantle’s Jesse Hogan took the same sanction for an engaging in rough conduct charge during the Dockers’ five-point over St Kilda in Perth on Sunday.

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Topics: sport, australian-football-league, richmond-3121, melbourne-3000, vic, australia

First posted April 08, 2019 17:47:58

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