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AFL to argue Mackay deserves lengthy bump ban

The AFL’s authorized counsel will argue David Mackay deserves a minimal three-match suspension for tough conduct when the Adelaide midfielder fronts the tribunal over the collision that left Hunter Clark with a damaged jaw.

Mackay was initially referred on to the tribunal with out a particular cost when the match overview findings have been launched on Sunday.

The AFL on Monday confirmed that call was made by the league’s govt normal supervisor of soccer, Steve Hocking, who exercised his proper to make a ruling excessive of match overview officer Michael Christian.

Mackay’s tribunal listening to has been set for Thursday, with Adelaide having a bye in spherical 14.

Below instruction from the AFL, the league’s authorized counsel will allege that Mackay carelessly engaged in tough conduct that was “unreasonable within the circumstances” when he collided with St Kilda’s Clark throughout Saturday night time’s match in Cairns.

“As such, the AFL will argue that, no matter whether or not participant Mackay was (1) contesting the ball, (2) bumping participant Clark or (3) each, he nonetheless contravened the overall prohibition on unreasonable conduct (together with in contesting the ball),” the league mentioned in a press release.

The league will even contend there was excessive contact and that the impression was extreme.

These gradings would normally end in a minimal three-match ban below the AFL tribunal tips.

“The AFL will submit that, assuming the tribunal determines that it was careless conduct/excessive contact/extreme impression, {that a} suspension of not less than three matches is suitable,” the league’s assertion mentioned.

“The AFL will, if obligatory, make additional submissions on penalty on the tribunal.”

Hocking’s resolution to ship Mackay to the tribunal has break up opinion amongst AFL consultants and followers.

Many former gamers have claimed the incident was purely a soccer accident that ought to go unpunished as a result of each gamers have been attempting to win the ball.

“There might be instances when gamers have to gradual up … I feel on this occasion the ball remains to be there to be gained,” Melbourne nice Garry Lyon mentioned on SEN.

“You may’t say do not go quick when the ball is in dispute.”

However former North Melbourne star David King mentioned he would help a suspension as a result of Mackay decided that was more likely to end in vital contact.

“I am wanting on the well being and wellbeing of gamers long-term,” King mentioned on Fox Footy.

“We have so many gamers on the sidelines with their lives being altered at 21-22 years of age.

“They have 80 years of their lives to return.”

Hawthorn’s Jaeger O’Meara and Gold Coast’s Jarrod Harbrow have been cleared of wrongdoing in separate related incidents earlier within the season.

Mackay’s case will now act as a take a look at case for future head-high collisions.

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