Another fascinating test case looms for the AFL Tribunal on Tuesday night, with Western Bulldogs player Zaine Cordy referred there directly for a hit that led to GWS’ Tanner Bruhn being concussed – follow the hearing in our live blog below from 5pm AEST!
Cordy made shoulder to shoulder contact with Bruhn during the Bulldogs’ Round 22 win, sending the young Giant to the ground where his head hit the Marvel Stadium turf.
Bruhn suffered a concussion but the incident took place within the legal five metres of the ball, as Cordy was shepherding for teammate Ed Richards.
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Match Review Officer Michael Christian decided not to grade the incident, instead referring it directly to the Tribunal for determination.
AFL 360 co-host Gerard Whateley said the Tribunal hearing should be a short one given its origins.
“The Bulldogs’ legal team should open with a motion to dismiss and Jeff Gleeson the Chairman shouldn’t hear this case,” he said.
“This has no business without a charge (by the Match Review Officer).”
Co-host Mark Robinson agreed, labelling the case “a joke”.
“The AFL has put themselves in a situation where they’ve said ‘what do we do here?’
“It was a fair shepherd near the ball, he didn’t hit him in the head, there was some whiplash. That’s a fair hit.
“We’ve got to be able to keep some body contact in this game. That was as fair as fair. It is so wrong, going to the Tribunal.”
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