Carlton star Patrick Cripps has been offered a two-match ban for his crude bump on Lion Callum Ah Chee, but the club is “certain to appeal” to decision, according to Fox Footy’s Jon Ralph.
Cripps’ collision in the second term at the Gabba has been assessed as careless, high impact and high contact.
Ah Chee subbed out of his side’s win over Carlton after Cripps jumped off the ground and appeared to make contact with the head, before the Lion crashed heavily into the turf.
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Carlton coach Michael Voss had thrown his support behind Cripps’ actions post-game.
“I thought it was a good contest,” he said.
“The umpire probably told the story, he didn’t pay a free kick, did he? Clearly he felt the arms were out and it was evenly contested and clearly when you have not a lot of time to adjust in those circumstances, it made for a difficult contest.
“From what I’ve seen, the arms were outstretched and it was a pretty even contest.
“There’s microseconds in it, so if we’re asking players to make microsecond decisions, I don’t know whether the game enables that, I really don’t.”
Former Melbourne hard man Nathan Jones agreed with Voss’ assessment that Cripps was contesting the footy.
“He was competing against Ah Chee and trying to win the footy legitimately. If it‘s not read that way, it’ll be another statement made,” he said on SEN.
Nathan Buckley believed Cripps was trying to spark his side to life when he clashed with Ah Chee in the second quarter of the match against Brisbane.
“You get the captain of a side who needs to win who has been dominated in early stage of the game … you need to make a stand,” Buckley defended on SEN Mornings.
“You need to change the flow of the contest. You can do it with an act of brilliance and skill but the main way is to go harder and lower often than your opponent and win a hard ball.
“Whether Patty Cripps is seen for this to be a legal action or not, he was a captain trying to make a stand.
“I reckon Patty Cripps’ actions were around leadership and trying to drive his group.”
The Blues have until 11am (AEST) Tuesday to respond to the rough conduct charge.
West Coast’s Tim Kelly has also been handed a one-match ban for his “dangerous” tackle on Crow Sam Berry.
The incident, in the third quarter of Adelaide’s 16-point win, has been assess as careless and high contact – just like Cripps.
But Kelly’s impact was deemed medium, and he was offered a lesser one-match suspension.