MELBOURNE – North Melbourne’s star forward Lindsay Thomas would risk a three-match ban if he contested a headbutting charge today at the AFL tribunal.
The match-review panel yesterday hit Thomas with a level-three misconduct charge following his clash with Greater Western Sydney’s Jacob Townsend during the last quarter of Sunday’s round-14 game at Etihad Stadium.
The offence attracted a penalty of 250 demerit points, plus 88.75 carry- over points from within the last 12 months, increasing the penalty to 338.75 points and a three-match ban.
An early plea would reduce the penalty by 25 per cent to 254.06 and a two-game sanction.
The panel’s judgment was based on video evidence and a medical report from GWS. The incident was assessed as intentional conduct (three points), low impact (one point) and high contact (two points), resulting in a level-three offence.
Thomas is North’s leading goalkicker in 2013 with 39 goals.
If Thomas unsuccessfully challenges the charge, he’ll miss matches against Richmond, Brisbane and Carlton.
Fremantle’s Zac Dawson can accept a reprimand and 60 demerit points for striking Geelong’s Mathew Stokes. Geelong’s Joel Corey can also accept a reprimand and 60 points for tripping Fremantle’s Danyle Pearce.
A match-day report against Essendon’s Paddy Ryder for engaging in rough conduct against West Coast’s Patrick McGinnity has been withdrawn.
Sydney’s Ben McGlynn escaped a report for his tackle on Carlton’s Kade Simpson during Friday night’s game at the SCG.
The Kangaroos’ Lindsay Thomas celebrates after kicking a goal during the round 14 match between North Melbourne and the Greater Western Sydney Giants. Picture: Getty Images.
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